Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has asked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the allegation of corrupt practices at Puspakom, the computerised vehicle inspection centre, according to a Bernama report.

“I agree that the MACC must investigate to ensure there is no corruption among members and officers of Puspakom, but I believe Puspakom itself has done a lot to reduce the incidence of corruption at the centre,” he said when commenting on possible malpractices of Puspakom staff, particularly when inspecting commercial vehicles and taxis.

The allegation of corruption was serious, Liow said, saying the investigation is necessary in order to avoid instances of accusations against agencies such as Puspakom and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) whenever fatal accidents occured.

Within the transport ministry, two special units – the Integrity Unit and the Internal Audit Unit – have been formed to check corruption involving agencies and departments under the ministry in a “more aggressive and comprehensive manner,” Liow added.

“Through these units, we can identify issues earlier and take action faster. In terms of integrity issues, for example, if there are doubts involving supplies, the people can directly report the matter to me or the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan,” he said.