Annual asset declaration more effective, says MACC

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — The Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) welcomes the renewed interest to review asset declaration from the current five years to annually.

However, the discretion for such a move lies solely with the Public Service Department (PSD).

“An annual asset declaration could be more effective than the current five-year declaration,” MACC deputy chief commissioner (management and professionalism) Datuk Seri Mohd Jamidan Abdullah said.

“The move could help provide a clearer picture of assets under the name of an individual.”

But Mohd Jamidan was quick to affirm that such a decision rested solely with the PSD.

“It’s not up to us to decide on that as the commission does not have the powers to push for such a change. It’s up to the PSD.”

In light of recent events, he added, there had been a renewed interest in asset declaration and the department may be considering a review of their current policy. Read more

Malaysian Bar raises doubt over seriousness to reform anti-graft body

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru has raised concerns over the recommendations to reform MACC. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 16, 2015.

The Parliament’s reaction to the proposed recommendations to reform the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) reflected how serious those in power were in tackling graft in the country, participants in a seminar were told today.

Steven Thiru, the president of the Malaysian Bar, said the way the recommendations were pitched would determine if they would survive the passage in Parliament.

He, however, admitted that “we may not get all that we ask for”.

Steven was answering a question raised by a participant in the seminar on reforming the anti-graft watchdog in Kuching, Sarawak.

What the Bar, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and Citizens Network for a Better Malaysia were asking for was the creation of the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC), expanding the definition of gratification and the power to investigate individuals living beyond their means, amending legislations such as the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, the Witness Protection Act 2009, adoption of a Freedom of Information Act and an Asset Declaration Act. Read more