Higher penalties needed

ACCORDING to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, generally speaking, corruption or bribery is the act of giving or receiving of any gratification or reward, in cash or in kind, for performing a task in relation to a person’s job description.

An example is a contractor giving an expensive watch to a government official in return for awarding a project to a company belonging to the contractor. More examples can be found in the MACC’s website, sprm.gov.my.

Bribery can also be in the form of gifts in kind such as discount offers, votes, services (including sex), job position or placement, loans and many other forms of payment.

There are four main offences relating to bribery and corruption as set out in the MACC Act.


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