Anti-corruption talk Nov 5 aimed at youths

Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak in collaboration with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be organising a seminar for youths at Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute (IPGBL) in Kuching on Nov 5.

Azam highlighted in its press release that the one-day seminar aims at curbing corruption among the youth.

Azam pointed out that earlier this year it has been reported that there is a high percentage of youths in the state aged 20 to 40 who are involved in corruption. In 2015, 67 persons had been arrested for corruption, and 39 of them are youths.

“This year, as of the middle of May, there have been 54 arrests, involving 30 youths.

“Against the backdrop of this worrying trend, the MACC has taken a lot of initiatives to curb corruption among the youths such as including the setting up of the Anti Corruption Secretariat at Teachers’ Training Institutes in the state such as at Miri, Batu Lintang, Rejang and Tun Razak Samarahan,” said Azam, adding the finding from Director of MACC Sarawak at a forum on Anti-Corruption for NGOs by MACC and Azam here on May 24.

The Anti Corruption Secretariat has also been initiated at Unimas and Mara.

About 150 participants comprising students from higher learning institutions and local youths including school leavers, unemployed and young working adults in Kuching are expected to take part in the one-day programme.

With the theme ‘Together we fight for zero corruption’, this programme hopes to enhance understanding among the youths on the roles and functions of the MACC Sarawak and improve their perception of the the commission.

It is also for the youths to understand the meaning of ‘integrity’ and the seriousness of the effects of corruption. Additionally, it also hopes to encourage youths to play their part in fighting corruption in the wider society.

The one-day programme will include a talk on anti-corruption by MACC superintendent Mohamad Azhar Abang Mentari, panel discussion featuring panellists that will include youth members of Azam including Syed Nizammudin Sayed who is a member of Youth Parliament Malaysia and Azam Integrity Ambassador Khabiruddin Pulaver.

The programme will also feature a group dynamics session that would engage the youths in the production of short films and the creation of publicity posters on fighting corruption as well as role playing through sketches with themes on anti-corruption.

The seminar is the second in a two-part series of anti-corruption activities under the MACC-AZAM collaboration this year. The first event was a forum attended by NGOs held here on May 24.

For more information on the event, contact Kerry Edison of Azam Sarawak at 014-8763612.

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