Civil servants, especially those in top management, should stop playing golf overseas, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Dzulkifli Ahmad.
“I want to advise civil servants to stop such activities and that there is no need to go overseas to play golf, especially in Indonesia and Thailand.
“They are not professionals golfers and there is no need for them to go overseas simply to play golf,” he said in an interview with Utusan Malaysia published today.
He added that there were plenty of golf courses in Malaysia where the civil servants could play.
Dzulkifli said the MACC had information that some of these civil servants would encounter those with vested interests on the golf course.
While the individuals may be paying for their own travel expenses, he said the interested parties would be footing other bills, including shopping.
“So again, I repeat, stop all these activities immediately before it is too late,” he said.
Dzulkifli said this when asked for his advice to civil servants, the public, and those involved in corruption.
He said corruption in the civil service was a betrayal to the country and its people, and could have adverse effects on the public’s welfare.
MACC not afraid of politicians
Meanwhile, the graft busting chief said the MACC is not afraid to investigate politicians.
Dzulkifli said it was only certain parties who had an agenda cast such negative aspersions on the MACC
“The MACC has never been afraid of carrying out its duties in accordance with the law.
“If an investigation finds that any individual was involved in corruption and there is enough evidence, the MACC will take appropriate action regardless of their job, political ideology or position,” he said.
He also said that there was no such thing as “small fish” or “sharks” in the battle against corruption.
“As such I will ensure that MACC’s machinery is fully used against those involved with corruption and abuse of power regardless of the person or amount involved.”
The MACC has carried out a number of stings against high ranking civil servants since Dzulkifli took over in July.
This includes its biggest bust in history, where RM53 million in cash was seized from top officers from the Sabah Water Department who were accused of graft.