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Women less inclined to commit fraud: MACC chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Women are less likely to commit fraud thanks to their natural instinct and motivation in carrying out their duties honestly, Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Datuk Zulkifli Ahmad said today.
Generally, he said, women were more thorough in terms of work, abide by the law and honest compared to their male counterparts.
Speaking at Berita Harian’s “Rasuah – Cabaran Bagi Wanita” (Corruption – Challenges for Women) forum, he said women had more integrity and firm when placed at important and decision-making positions.
“They are shy by nature; they have a stronger emotion when it comes to shame and embarrassment too.
“At the same time, the motivation for women to take bribes are less than men… like one of the participants (in the forum) said, men may want to enjoy more, while the women work to bring home money to the children and family.
“I support the government’s move to put more women at the decision and policy-making positions as there are not many there right now.” he said.
Zulkifli said despite the women's attitude towards corruption, such acts still happen.
Based on the latest statistics, Zulkifli said out of the total 855 arrests made from Aug 2015 to Aug 2016, only 79 were women, or only 9.2 per cent.
Out of 910 arrests made from Aug 2016 to July this year, he said only 110 were women, or equivalent to 12.08 per cent.
Meanwhile, out of the 272 people charged from Aug 2015 to Aug 2016, only 24 (8.8 per cent) of them were women.
"From Aug 2016 to July this year, out of 405 people charged, only 38 (9.3 per cent) were women.
“Based on this, you can see a minor increase. The number of women arrested increased by 2.88 per cent, while the number of charges increased 0.5 per cent.
“You can see from the small numbers, women appeared less likely to be involved in corruption and abuse of power.” he said.
The forum today was moderated by Berita Harian’s Associate Editor of Current Affairs Kadir Dikoh.
Also present were Media Prima Bhd chairman Tan Sri Ismee Ismail, New Straits Times Press (NSTP) chairman Tan Sri Ismail Omar, NSTP chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid and Berita Harian group editor Datuk Mahfar Ali.

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