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Perlindungan sepenuhnya kepada whistleblower?

December 11, 2010

Macam mana kalau kementerian dan jabatan kerajaan yg terlibat?

Bacaan terperinci Akta Perlindungan Pemberi Maklumat 2010 ini belum terserlah. Adakah mungkin dalam keadaan-keadaa tertentu, perlindungan kepada whistleblower ditarik balik?

Memang sukar untuk terus mempercayai kebaikan-kebaikan yang diketengahkan oleh UBN.

 

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RM50,000 fine or 10 yrs jail if bosses retaliate against whistleblowers




Written by Bernama
Thursday, 09 December 2010 17:01

KOTA KINABALU:  An employer could face a RM50,000 fine or 10 years imprisonment if it takes retaliatory action such as dismissal against a staff member who exposes the wrongdoings of the company.

This was one aspect of the Whistleblower Protection Act when it comes into effect on Dec 15, Deputy Minister (Law) in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said on Thursday, Dec 9.

He said the staff could go to court and seek an injunction and any other relief and the government would cover the costs. The costs would be borne by the defendant.

“A fine of up to RM50,000 or 10 years’ jail, or both awaits the employer if found guilty under the Act,” he told reporters after a briefing to introduce the Act. The briefing was organised by the department’s legal affairs division.

Under the Act, a whistleblower is accorded immunity against civil and criminal action and protection against detrimental action. It is aimed at fighting corruption and other wrongdoings in the public and private sectors.

Liew said the whistleblower might also receive a reward, adding the department was in the process of determining the amount.

However, he stressed that the incentive (reward) should not be the basis for a whistleblower to act but the initiative to help curb corruption which he described as “a cancer in our society”.

Meanwhile, Liew said the protection extended even to whistleblowers who sent complaints, prior to the implementation of the Act.

“It is retrospective, even if the case was between 10 and 20 years ago. But it depends on the value of the evidence. The weight of the evidence will come into force,” he explained. – Bernama

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