Move to amend Malaysia's Whistleblower Act

Move to amend Malaysia's Whistleblower Act
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
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The Government wants to amend the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 to improve the integrity of enforcement officers, especially those stationed at the country's borders.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the Prime Minister's Department had received feedback on measures to improve the Act.

"If we look at the Whistleblower Protection Act in the United States, they have a separate board where the public can report to without involving federal agencies.

"I propose that the public should instead lodge their reports to the Integrity Enforcement Agency Commission and they will protect their identities," he said in his wrapping-up debate on the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Amendment) Bill 2015.

He said such a move would encourage more people to make reports as their identities would be protected while the integrity commission gives orders to the relevant agencies.

"Those are among the suggestions I have put forward to the Government to improve integrity among enforcement agencies," he said.

Dr Wan Junaidi said there was no need to set up an independent body or a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate claims that 80 per cent of enforcement officers at the borders were involved in corruption.

"I do not think we should set up a RCI. The police or Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will investigate such cases," he said.

On a separate matter, Dr Wan Junaidi said it was premature for police to rule out foul play on the remains found at the Wang Kelian site that was used for human trafficking.

"It is premature to make such conclusions because they are still examining the remains.

"I agree that the human trafficking victims were there as a result of foul play, but we need to see the full results," he said.

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