State MACC director Datuk Abdul Aziz Aban (middle) said they received information of staff engaging in graft practices but the situation was not serious and under control. (pix by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL)

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Penang Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has not discounted the possibility that there will be arrests involving local councils' staff in the state this year.

State MACC director Datuk Abdul Aziz Aban said they received information of staff engaging in graft practices but the situation was not serious and under control.

"The local councils are among the most critical sectors and there have been reports of graft being practised.

"However, it is not serious and under control. Nevertheless, there may be graft cases which we may make some arrests," he told newsmen after launching the GEMPUR campaign at the Seberang Prai Municipal Council here today.

Abdul Aziz said the number of arrests involving civil servants had seen an upward trend with an increase of almost 300 per cent compared to previous years.

"It is our aim to arrest this increase. Last year, we recorded 10 cases of civil servants saying no to graft and we hope this positive trend will continue," he said.

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