The government should consider having Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers present at roadblocks to monitor and reduce opportunities for corruption, says the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).
Speaking to FMT, C4 Executive Director Cynthia Gabriel also said roadblocks could also be taped for the footage to be reviewed for any suspicious activities.
She was commenting on a recent statement by PKR Council of Elders Deputy Chairman Robert Linggi, who said police should monitor their personnel, including those manning roadblocks, to dispel any suspicion that they may be involved in collecting bribes from illegal immigrants in Sabah.
Over the years, there have been accusations of police officers asking for bribes at roadblocks, with some people even taking videos of cops allegedly asking for bribes and uploading them to YouTube.
Cynthia said the presence of a third party, such as MACC officers, would make it harder for people to offer or ask for bribes, and to promote greater transparency.
She acknowledged that limited resources would mean it would be difficult to have MACC officers present at every roadblock, but for a start, they could begin with random visits to roadblocks.
“Citizens can also take proactive action and record evidence of corrupt practices, such as the requests and payment of bribes.”
She said a citizen who gave a bribe, when asked for one, but recorded the act and later handed the video to the MACC as evidence, would most likely be treated as a witness rather than as a suspect.
Earlier this week, Robert Linggi said there was talk that police officers in Sabah had asked illegal immigrants for bribes of RM50 to RM300.
His comments come in the wake of allegations made by Indonesian illegal immigrants bribing their way to enter Tawau. This was highlighted in an investigative report by Indonesian media.
Robin Augustin@FMT Reporters Online