PETALING JAYA: The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has required changes to reinforce legislation governing the security of whistleblowers, following reports that a PPBM Youth leader is being blackmailed with “delicate” photos.
C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel stated today that the Malaysian Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (WPA) was inadequate to secure prospective prominent whistleblowers such as Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.
” Because public trust is low in our organizations, some whistleblowers decide to go public rather of instantly lodging it to the authorities.
” But because of the way our Whistleblower Protection Act has been composed, Syed Saddiq has no defense at all,” she stated in a declaration.
According to Gabriel, under Section 7 of the WPA, people are forced to make a report with police before any whistleblower security versus damage can have reached them or their family.
She stated this must not be the case as any public direct exposure of an intent to divulge inappropriate conduct ought to instantly give legal and cops defense before any report is made.
On Tuesday, Syed Saddiq stated he was being blackmailed to stop PPBM by specific quarters who had threatened to expose numerous “delicate” photos of him.
He stated he thought this was because of his rejection to assault the PPBM management as well as to press him to leave the nation.
This followed his claim at a media conference on Monday that he had been provided RM5 million by a “senior consultant of the prime minister” to leave his party and use up post-graduate research studies overseas.
Syed Saddiq consequently lodged authorities report over the risks but decreased to expose additional information on the nature of the photos.
Gabriel stated C4 had formerly made suggestions to empower whistleblowers and enhance the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) capability to take on corruption in the nation.
The suggestions, which were sent to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low on Aug 19, 2015, consisted of modifications for whistleblowers to keep security even if their identity is revealed, and permitting whistleblowers to reveal details through other means such as the media, web or legal representatives.
C4 also advised that an independent statutory body such as the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) evaluate whether the whistleblower must be extended security.
Urging the cops to take instant action over prominent whistleblower cases such as Syed Saddiq’s expose, Gabriel stated those who were worried over the PPBM Youth leader’s stability ought to rely on other kinds of legal option just after the conclusion of MACC’s examinations.
” We contact the public to highly condemn all such risks versus anti-corruption work no matter political association, and to stand in uniformity with all whistleblowers,” she stated.