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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Corruption also afflicts the young

August 31, 2008; NST Online

Corruption in this country is not only restricted to those in power or individuals holding high positions.

In fact, it even involves students from public and private institutions of higher learning and those who are just starting their careers.

Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) deputy director-general II Datuk Zakaria Jaafar said the latest statistics revealed that about 30 per cent of students from public and private colleges and universities, as well as young executives in their 20s and 30s, were involved in some form of corrupt practice.

He said this revealed that efforts to weed out corruption in the country have a long way to go and must begin with young people, especially among students.

"Though it is the ACA's responsibility to battle corruption, we cannot do it alone as it is spread over such a wide range of individuals.

"Therefore, we appeal to the public to work closely with the ACA and provide us any information which may assist us in our efforts," he said after presenting prizes to winners of a debate on corruption at Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak in Senawang near here yesterday.

Source: NST



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