IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(4): 269-274 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.361

Reporting Misdeeds: An Evaluation on Intention to Blowing the Whistle

Nur Zafifa Kamarunzaman, Azlyn Ahmad Zawawi, and Zaliha Hj. Hussin
Abstract—The aims of this study are two folds, to identify whether intention to whistle blow exists; and to ascertain the relationship between perceived organizational support, channel of communication, attitude and intention to blow the whistle. The study was conducted in seven public offices in West Malaysia, involving 511 employees. The findings indicate that all the predicted elements are moderately associated with the act of whistle blowing. On the other hand, channel of communication is proven to be the most dominant variable where the existence of facilities to complaint is seen as the driver for employees to move forward and tell the truth. Moreover internal programs held by the organizations also supported the findings, as a powerful tool to create awareness of the importance to blow the whistle within the organization setting; while fair and just treatments by the organization have generated trust and confidence amongst the employees where they feel empowered and belongingness. Whistle blowing is also perceived as a new commitment by the respondents as reflecting their loyalties to the organization.

Index Terms—Whistle blowing, whistle blowing intention, perceived organizational support, channel of communication, Malaysia.

Nur Zafifa Kamarunzaman and Zaliha Hj. Hussin are with the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia (e-mail: nurzafifa@kedah.uitm.edu.my, drzaliha@kedah.uitm.edu.my).
Azlyn Ahmad Zawawi is with the Universiti Sains Malaysia, on leave from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia (e-mail: azlyn@kedah.uitm.edu.my).

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Cite: Nur Zafifa Kamarunzaman, Azlyn Ahmad Zawawi, and Zaliha Hj. Hussin, " Reporting Misdeeds: An Evaluation on Intention to Blowing the Whistle," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 269-274, 2014.

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