KUCHING, Oct 4 — The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) today proposed for each of the disciplinary authority of the enforcement agencies within its scopes of investigation, to inform the commission on any disciplinary action taken.
EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said it was among the proposed amendments to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission Act 2009 (Act 700), recently submitted to the Attorney General’s Chamber.
He said the proposal was aimed at strengthening the effectiveness and functions of the commission in its cooperation with enforcement agencies under its purview.
Last April, Yaacob said the EAIC had informed the Chief Secretary to the Government in written of its disappointment towards the imposition of light punishments by the disciplinary authority of various agencies, as compared to what were recommended.
“The punishments are seen as neither able to discipline nor give a lesson to perpetrators,” he said when opening EAIC Roundtable Dialogue with Sarawak and Sabah enforcement agencies here today.
Commenting further, Yaacob said the proposal was by no means intended to allow EAIC to intervene in the decision made by the disciplinary bodies.
“Maybe after the investigation, the appeals are taken into account, resulting in the light punishment. However, if the disparity is too vast, we want to know… if the disparity is too vast, they are not sending the right signal,” he said.
Twenty-one enforcement agencies in the country are subjected to the scope of the investigation of EAIC, which was established in 2011, in relation to the integrity or code of conduct issues. — Bernama