EAIC says proposal for more powers now with AG

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Yaacob Md Sam says among the reforms sought are increases to penalties against officials who do not cooperate with the EAIC and to make it mandatory for all government agencies to report their disciplinary proceedings to the commission. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Datuk Yaacob Md Sam says among the reforms sought are increases to penalties against officials who do not cooperate with the EAIC and to make it mandatory for all government agencies to report their disciplinary proceedings to the commission. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

HULU LANGAT, May 24 ― The Attorney-General has received proposed changes to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) Act that will grant the watchdog more authority, said Datuk Yaacob Md Sam.

The EAIC chairman said among the reforms sought were increases to penalties against officials who do not cooperate with the EAIC and to make it mandatory for all government agencies to report their disciplinary proceedings to the commission.

“Through a letter dated May 18, 2016 by the Prime Minister’s Department’s legal advisors, the draft bill has been referred now to the Attorney-General’s Chambers before it is brought to the government and Parliament in its upcoming October 2016 session,” he said in his opening speech of a dialogue session between the commission and enforcement agencies of the peninsula’s central zone.

He said present provisions do not compel agencies to implement nor report back to the commission on whether they had implemented the recommendations given by the EAIC.

“We feel it would be more effective for the EAIC to be given that power to compel for the feedback of the disciplinary bodies,” he said later.

Yaacob earlier this month expressed concerns that agencies were sometimes giving lenient punishments that “differ too far from the Commission’s recommendation”. Read more