Call to repeal OSA is loud

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Civil societies want the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) repealed to encourage transparency in the new government.

This, says the Governance, Inte­grity, Accountability and Transpa­rency (GIAT), a coalition of seven civil society organisations, should be part of the institutional reform that should be carried out by the Government to ensure transparency in the country.

GIAT also wants the Government to table a Freedom of Information Bill as soon as possible, to show its commitment to transparency in line with the spirit of the “New Malaysia”. Read more

Group to name and shame parties on graft, democracy

Source: The Malaysian Insight

BEFORE the 14th general election, Malaysians will know which political parties are truly committed to reform and stamping out corruption, and which is merely spouting rhetoric.

A group of human rights, anti-graft bodies and think-tanks will be submitting a memorandum with a raft of demands to all political parties starting this week.

The parties which accept these demands will be named while those which do not will remain conspicuous in their silence, members of the group told The Malaysian Insight.

The demands include promises to make law enforcement independent, root out corruption, ensure freedom of expression and for officials to declare assets if they take over power at either the state or federal level.

The Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency (GIAT) coalition consists of six civil society groups.

They are the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Sinar Project, Transparency International-Malaysia, Friends of Kota Damansara, MyPJ and Society for the Protection of Human Rights (Proham). Read more