Using Facebook during office hours 'form of corruption in Malaysia'

Facebook at work

Civil servants and staff of government-linked companies (GLCs) surfing social media or engaging in personal matters during working hours may be categorised as having committed corruption, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has said.

According to MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Sutinah Sutan, if a person spends three hours during his or her stipulated working hours for personal tasks, it can be deemed a form of corruption as the Government trusts and pays its employees to fully utilise the working period to complete tasks relating to the respective jobscope.

This also applied to those who surfed Facebook or other forms of social media, as such actions could be considered as straying from their job specifications, she said after witnessing the signing of the corporate integrity pledge by Kumpulan Melaka Berhad (KMB).

KMB is the first state government agency to sign the pledge aimed at creating a business environment free from corruption and upholding anti-graft principles, the Star Online reported.

Sutinah said the act of engaging in other personal tasks during work hours could be considered as contravening the employment contract and culprits could face disciplinary action if initiated by respective disciplinary boards.

She noted that although such offences were not covered under the MACC Act, the commission could advise the disciplinary board on the types of actions to be meted out against errant staff of such government departments and GLCs.

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