Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook plans to outlaw the practice of accepting bribes for driver's licenses
Anthony directed his statement at the Road Transport Department (JPJ) during an appreciation dinner on Saturday, 19 May.
"I will be tackling this problem," he was quoted as saying by China Press, after stressing that he has already received multiple complaints and demands regarding the department even before being sworn in. Bribery for driver's licenses is one of them.
For members of the public who have failed the driving test, Anthony said they will be required to retake the test
Oriental Daily reported the Transport Minister as saying that people can no longer bribe their way through the test.
He also acknowledged that this practice has been in place since the time he obtained his driver's license, and pledged to spend time studying the problem.
According to Sinchew, the Associations of Driving Schools/Institutes Malaysia (PERPISMA) welcomed Anthony's statement
"(Outlawing bribes) will do the industry good," PERPISMA's vice president was quoted as saying by Sinchew.
"We will finally be able to watch students learn driving the proper way, and rebuild the image of the industry," he added.