Fighting corruption requires the strong participation of all stakeholders – the judiciary, legislature, enforcement agencies, the private sector, civil society and members of the public. One of the key contributors in helping to expose corrupt practices is the whistle blower. The Government has recognised the importance of whistleblowing by enacting the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010.
Whistleblowers have first hand knowledge of wrongdoings and possess strong convictions in fighting corruption. The enforcement agencies tasked with receiving their information have an equally important role in verifying the reported wrongdoing, and initiating investigations when necessary, without fear or favour. Any perception by the public of selective prosecution is damaging to the enforcement agencies and the fight against corruption, and is inconsistent with the intention behind the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Whistle blowers put themselves at great risk to their livelihoods and careers and also to their work, family and community relationships. They may not expect accolades or rewards for their actions, but the very least they deserve is protection.
Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) calls for the protection of whistle blowers, not for their persecution and what could be perceived as selective prosecution.
Transparency International Malaysia
Datuk Paul Low, President