G25 moots separation of powers for PM, MACC, AGC in meet with reforms committee

Source: The Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 — A limit to the prime minister’s authority and making the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) answerable to Parliament were among the key proposals submitted by civil group G25 to the Institutional Reform Committee (IRC) today.

The group of retired senior civil servants also suggested separating the role of the public prosecutor from that of the attorney-general to promote full independence in public institutions.

“Institutional reforms are very important to bring back confidence on the economy, apart from creating a true system of check and balance to avoid abuse of powers.

“MACC, for instance, should be independent of the prime minister. It should be answerable to a commission sitting above it which is then answerable to the Parliament,” Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim who led the six-member G25 team in its meeting with the IRC told reporters at Ilham Tower here. Read more

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

Suhakam wants less red tape in way of tabling rights report

Source: The Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) asked the government today to remove the “unnecessary procedures” for the tabling of its annual report in Parliament, saying this would enhance the agency’s independence.

The commission noted that the report intended for Parliament’s consumption currently must be presented to the Cabinet for executive approval before it may be presented to the legislature.

Removing the bureaucracy would also allow the commission to expedite the tabling of the report and give the document a chance to be debated in the first session of a new parliamentary term for the first time in 16 years, it said. Read more