Give MACC prosecution power

Translated by DOMINIC LOH
By Sin Chew Daily

MACC is on the move again, this time detaining the secretary-general of rural and regional development ministry Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman and his two sons, and recovering some RM3 million in cash, gold bars and expensive watches and luxury handbags, among others.

Mohd Arif has allegedly abused his power since he was a state government official and since he was appointed the ministry sec-gen in 2015, appointing his own contractors and suppliers while receiving bribes from the vested interests. His two sons were said to be the middle men receiving the bribes on his behalf.

As a matter of fact, this kind of corrupt officials are aplenty in government departments and the sec-gen might as well just be a tip of the iceberg. It looks like the MACC should work much harder.

Under former chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed, MACC already launched a series of operations to combat corruption. Files were opened for the investigation of 982 cases last year, culminating in the arrest of 932 individuals and the prosecution of 258. Read more

MACC: Having one too many Hermes, Chanel or Louis Vuitton bags will raise eyebrows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

According to a report, MACC deputy chief commissioner for operations Datuk Azam Baki confirmed that his men monitored postings by civil servants who depicted a lavish lifestyle.

A model carries a Hermes signature Birkin with Himalayan crocodile leather and diamonds, sold for $300,168 at a Christie's auction on May 30, 2016 which becomes the world's most expensive handbag, at a preview in Hong Kong, China May 4, 2016. REUTERS

A model carries a Hermes signature Birkin with Himalayan crocodile leather and diamonds, sold for $300,168 at a Christie’s auction on May 30, 2016 which becomes the world’s most expensive handbag, at a preview in Hong Kong, China May 4, 2016. REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is now monitoring photographs of civil servants and their families posted on Facebook and Instagram to ensure their lifestyles match their earnings.

According to a report by The Star newspaper, posts of foreign holidays and those of expensive, luxury items will lead to further scrutiny to determine if the posters were involved in corrupt practises.

The MACC source declined to comment, however, when asked if such monitoring has led to any prosecutions.

“We do look into it. We can consider them as initial information to carry out further checks. If it warrants an investigation, then we will probe.

“We cannot check all postings, but mostly the public does send them to us and it is taken as a first information,” the person was quoted as saying.

In the news report, MACC deputy chief commissioner for operations Datuk Azam Baki also confirmed that his men monitored postings by civil servants who depicted a lavish lifestyle.

“We also rely on our public tip offs and our own intelligence gathering to investigate such cases,” he was quoted as saying.

Saying there was nothing inherently wrong with civil servants owning luxury items, Azam noted, however, that suspicions may be aroused when an individual appeared to own an excess. Read more

Mangsa banjir Kelantan meningkat lebih 14,000 orang

Sumber: FMT News

KOTA BHARU: Jumlah mangsa banjir di Kelantan meningkat kepada 14,074 orang setakat 9 malam semalam berbanding 13,496 orang pada 5 petang.

Pengarah Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM) Kelantan Zainuddin Hussin berkata sebanyak 41 pusat pemindahan dibuka bagi menempatkan mangsa banjir terbabit di 5 jajahan negeri ini.

Jumlah mangsa banjir paling ramai ialah di Jajahan Pasir Mas iaitu sebanyak 10,094 orang daripada 3,753 keluarga yang ditempatkan di 30 pusat pemindahan, diikuti Jajahan Tumpat sebanyak 3,456 orang daripada 1,103 keluarga yang ditempatkan di 6 pusat pemindahan, katanya ketika dihubungi malam ini. Read more

No need to monitor MACC, says EAIC chief

Source: FMT News

Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission chairman says current cooperation between both agencies enough to check on errant MACC officers, not the organisation.

Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA: The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) has cancelled its plan to place the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under its purview, to enable the latter to maintain its independent status.

EAIC chairman Yaacob Md Sam said the EAIC believed that MACC should remain totally independent without being regulated by any government agency.

“If MACC is placed under the purview of any other agencies, this will create a perception that it is being controlled and has no elements of freedom,” he told reporters here today.

Yaacob said, at present, there were seven independent panels or committees monitoring MACC’s operations and its level of discipline.

Besides, he said the MACC was among investigative bodies that could work closely with the EAIC, in which the cooperation could not be exercised if MACC was placed under the EAIC’s purview.

In fact, Yaacob said the EAIC-MACC joint investigation team was established to investigate cases on enforcement officers who were involved in misconduct and corruption. Read more