Malaysia's OSA not being used to cover up corruption

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is denying that the Official Secrets Act (OSA) is being used to cover up instances of corruption.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim said that the law was needed to protect national security and economy of the country.

He added that the Act was also meant to uphold the integrity of Government documents and stressed that anyone in possession of such documents must be careful not to disclose or share its contents.

"The OSA is not used to defend corruption. There have been cases related to corruption that were prosecuted under laws such as the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission Act.

"If you claim that the OSA is used to silence people, we also have the Whistleblower's Act," said Razali in reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena).

Mahfuz asked if the Government planned to amend the OSA as it appeared to have been used to cover up corruption.

Razali said that since 2012, 22 cases have been identified and three cases were prosecuted under the OSA.

Since the OSA was implemented, Razali added there had been eight cases involving civil servants and the public who were prosecuted and found guilty under the Act.