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Ministry urged to include anti-corruption in Moral Studies textbooks

The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has suggested that the Education Ministry introduce anti-corruption education under the Moral Studies subject.

Its senior vice-chairperson Lee Lam Thye said it should start with Year Five students, so as to educate them to loathe corruption in the same way they are taught to loathe drugs.

"It is hoped that the Education Ministry will give its support to see this proposal through by introducing the subject of corruption prevention education under the Moral Studies subject.

"The most appropriate and effective way to prevent corruption is to start with schools, as it could help bring up a young generation of Malaysians who hate and reject corruption in all forms,” he said in a statement today.

Lee also shared a report by the MACC which showed a propensity among university students to receive bribes if they had the power and opportunity to do so.

The 2016 study showed that 16 percent of 1,000 students from local universities would be willing to accept bribes, and 18.5 percent would accept a bribe if they did not have to face any action.

Lee also shared another survey on students' perception of corruption carried out by the Integrity Institute of Malaysia (IIM), which revealed that one in every three local university students thinks that receiving a present in the form of money, goods or service in return for services is not corruption.

"We have to teach moral values to the students when they are young so that when they leave schools and the universities and enter the workplace, they would have realised the importance of not getting involved in corruption," he added. 

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