Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Protection Act gets positive feedback as numbers rise from 1,960 last year to 11,841

The Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 has received positive feedback as complaints filed with enforcement agencies rose from 1,960 last year to 11,841 this year.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the Act was to protect the safety of informants on improper conduct offences, disciplinary or criminal, in the public and private sectors.

“A total of 93 informants were given protection following 7,537 complaints filed with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” he said in reply to a question from Senator Datuk Jaspal Singh yesterday. Liew said individuals who leaked information on the informants face a fine up to RM50,000, or a minimum 10 years' jail, or both.

Each complaint received would be investigated while the duration of investigation depended on the complexity of the case, evidence and testimony of the witness.

On the suitability of using social networking sites and SMS to make complaints, Liew said it could be done if enforcement agencies receive complete information from complainants.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) was planning to set up a driving academy to enhance the integrity of bus drivers and improve bus services.

The academy would provide comprehensive training to bus drivers, including on the regulations and discipline on the road, he said in a written reply to Senator Chiew Lian Keng.

“The module will also incorporate treatment accorded to passengers and driving skills so that drivers can provide the best service,” he added.

In a written reply to a question from Senator Ahamat @ Ahamad Yusop, Ahmad said SPAD would look into the suggestions from various quarters for standardisation of the taxi logo, colour and identity.

“If the standardisation can improve the taxi service and image of the industry, SPAD will recommend its implementation,” he said, adding that SPAD was also looking into taxi advertising for standardisation and image improvement.

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