The number of complaints against graft in the civil service to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are rather low, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim.
He said only 4,693 complaints were received over the past five years.
"Of this total, 1,077 cases were investigated and 847 suspects were arrested. The number of arrests and prosecutions are low because not many reports were made. I urge the people to step forward should they have information," he said.
To a supplementary question by Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baru), Razali said the Government did not plan to expand the powers of the MACC to enable civil servants to be investigated automatically if they were found to be living lavishly beyond their means.
He said Section 23 of the MACC Act, which provided penalties to civil servants who abused their positions to get bribes, was adequate to combat graft in the civil service.