MACC-DBKL form task force after graft case

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) have formed a joint task force to review standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the local council after a top official was charged with corruption.

MACC said today that the special task force, led by MACC investigations director Datuk Azam Baki, has identified five issues for review in DBKL: management of the privatisation of housing projects, guidelines on property purchases by officers and staff, asset ownership and declaration, management of public housing, as well as oversight of land development in the capital city.

“The formation of the Special Task Force is a joint effort taken after a few government officers were recently investigated for abuse of power and mismanagement,” MACC said in a statement.

“The Special Task Force comprises officers from MACC’s negotiation and checking division, MACC’s investigation division and DBKL’s integrity department,” the anti-graft agency added. Read more

Adenan: Sarawak will back English-medium schools

Source: The Malay Mail Online

MIRI, Sept 10 — The Sarawak state government will support the formation of English-medium mission and private schools that prioritise education in the world’s lingua franca, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said today.

“We are prepared to give support to private and mission schools to pursue this objective and there are already schools which have been approved,” he said in his speech at the 80th birthday celebration of Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud here.

The outspoken chief minister said that the state government recognises the need for uniformity that the national education policy is set to achieve, but “uniformity does not necessarily mean unity”.

“We need to have some kind of freedom to be able to do things to suit our needs,” he stressed.

Adenan, who became chief minister in 2014, blamed the national education policy, which purportedly does not give priority to the teaching and learning of English, for the unemployability of between 15,000 and 20,000 graduates in Sarawak. Read more