KUALA LUMPUR: The Whistle blower Protection Act 2010, which will come into force on Dec 15, 2010, is formulated to provide protection to people reporting improper conduct.
The Act is part of efforts under the GTP’s NKRA to curb corruption.
Senator Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the Act, which was approved by Parliament in May, was developed based on the best practices of the same act in other developed countries.
“We observed that corruption in Europe and the US began to decline after the implementation of a Whistleblower Protection Act due to its effectiveness as a big deterrent,” he said. According to the Act, if a person has evidence on someone who is involved in corrupt practices, he or she can file a report with the appropriate enforcement agency.
“The whistleblower will be protected in terms of confidentiality,” said Idris, who is also the CEO of Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU).
When tabling the Budget 2010 in Parliament in October 2009, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the Whistleblower Protection Act would be formulated to encourage informers to expose corrupt practices and other misconduct while providing them immunity from civil or criminal charges at the same time.