Undercover agent in Agriculture Ministry to fight corruption

Caption: One of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) new "high-tech video interviewing rooms" built to monitor and record interrogations. They were unveiled on 26 June 2011.

PUTRAJAYA - An officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis-sion (MACC) will be placed at the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry as an undercover agent to check corrupt practices.

Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the officer would be working on a full-time basis.

"While the officer will work just like any other staff of the ministry, we expect the officer to report directly to the MACC on any corrupt practices or abuse of power.

"The placement won't be made openly as that would defeat the purpose. The officer will be employed as a permanent staff and his identity will be known only by MACC, ministry's secretary-general and I," he told reporters yesterday after witnessing the signing of the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) by Tabung Ekonomi Kumpulan Usaha Niaga.

Also present was MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Ismail Sabri said he sent the request for the officer to the MACC but stressed that the plan to have an anti-graft undercover agent should not be misconstrued that corruption was rampant in the ministry.

"We are being pro-active and doing whatever we can to check corrupt practices and abuse of power. Our next plan is for the ministry to sign the CIP," he said.

By taking the pledge, an institution would voluntarily commit to create an effective system to increase integrity through the practice of good management, including taking steps in preventing corruption.