PMO: Special body to focus on integrity in governance

Source: The Malay Mail

Former MACC chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed has been elected to head GIACC. the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption — Picture by Azneal Ishak

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — The government said today it will establish a new body dedicated to formulating policies to ensure all official dealings are corruption-free and carried out with integrity.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC), which will also plan, draft strategies, and evaluate policies to ensure all government affairs are conducted properly with integrity and zero-tolerance towards corruption.

In a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, it is also announced that former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed has been elected to head GIACC, given his extensive experience both within and without the country. Read more

MACC: Half of civil servants found guilty of graft are under 40

Source: New Strait Times

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today revealed that half of Malaysian government officers found guilty of graft are under the age of 40.

MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil attributed the corruption among young civil servants to today’s demanding lifestyle.

“We have cases where junior government officers and clerks can afford to buy the latest iPhone models and drive expensive cars. Their flashy lifestyle does not match their measly pay as young officers and administrative assistants under the government pay scale.”

Shamsun Baharin was speaking at a joint-forum with the Rural and Regional Development Ministry here.

MACC figures state that between 2014 to 2016, 2,329 arrests were made for graft. From that figure, 54 per cent or 1,267 people were aged 40 and below. Read more

Restore integrity – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

THE jail term imposed on Khir Toyo for corruption committed while he held the people’s trust as the mentri besar of Selangor shows the level to which our political leaders have descended to. This is not the first such case. Another Selangor MB was also jailed for corruption. A Johor MB was exposed by the Supreme Court of usurping land meant for army veterans for himself and his cronies. The 1980s cooperative scandals resulted in jail terms of political stalwarts. The PKFZ scandal implicated high-ranking politicians.

Although prosecutions are far and in between – a tip of the iceberg as not all cases are “discovered” or revealed – it reflects the unabated decay of the body politic.

Corruption is more than a matter of jailing wrongdoers. It diverts or denies services intended for the people, it empties state coffers. Ultimately it bankrupts nations.

Invariably, the corrupt disguise the gratification they receive. These ingenious contrivances are criminal nonetheless, as the MACC Act makes clear. A corrupt “gratification” can be in the form of money, donation, gift, loan, fee, reward, valuable security, property or interest in property, financial benefit, or any other similar advantage. Read more

Message to the corrupt – Your days of impunity are numbered – Jose Ugaz

Source: MalaysiaKini

Transparency International chief Jose Ugaz

In the heart of the administrative capital, Transparency International chief Jose Ugaz zooms in on the RM2.6 billion controversy. Below is his full speech delivered at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC).

Let me first thank the IACC for bringing so many people together as part of our great global movement to tackle corruption.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for hosting the conference with the IACC.

And the Malaysian people for welcoming us to their beautiful country at these momentous time.

This week Malaysia celebrated Merdeka – its independence from colonial rule and freedom from oppression.

Independence and freedom. The building blocks of a fair and just society.

All countries face challenges, especially new countries, and I looked back at some of the statements from the founding father of the nation, (Tunku) Abdul Rahman, made at the time of independence in 1957.

There were two words that he used that stood out for me – honesty and integrity. Read more

Crossroads of integrity — Transparency International – Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY AKHBAR SATAR

JULY 30 — Transparency International – Malaysia (TI-M) is deeply concerned that the entire 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) episode so far sadly displays a complete lack of governance, integrity and submission to the rule of law. 29 July 2015, will go down as one of the most interesting and eventful days in the leaf of Malaysian history.

The services of the Attorney-General (AG) and a few Cabinet members were terminated. Even the AG was not aware of the decision and the reason given for the termination was due to ‘health reasons’. The services of the Special Branch Chief at Bukit Aman were also not extended. Ironically, a fire broke out destroying ‘old and unimportant documents’ at the corridor of Level 10 of Menara Dua in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.

The big shocking news was the sacking of the Deputy Prime Minister. This is due to him allegedly breaching the principle of collective responsibility of the Cabinet. His successor accused him of attempting to engineer a rift within the party and wanted the then DPM to have stood by the leadership.

Equally, surprising are the developments regarding the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which was in the middle of probing into scandal-ridden 1MDB and which suddenly have four of its thirteen members were appointed into the new Cabinet. Not one but four! Read more