MACC panned for dressing Isa Samad, Penang exco as prisoners

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) violated rights and procedures by dressing Tan Sri Isa Samad and a Penang lawmaker as detainees when presenting them in court, said a federal lawmaker.

PKR’s N. Surendran said accused individuals have the right to wear their own clothes while they remain on trial, and forcing them to publicly don attire reserved for prisoners was prejudicial to them.

“Being forced to wear these bright orange uniforms and being paraded thus in the court premises is humiliating to the arrested person and creates the perception that he is indeed a wrongdoer or criminal, even though the court has not pronounced guilt,” he said.

The Padang Serai MP pointed out the practice was both against Article 5 of the Federal Constitution that guarantees equality before the law as well as the commission’s own standard procedures.

Former Felda Global Ventures chairman Isa and Penang exco Phee Boon Poh were both brought to their respective remand applications wearing the MACC’s signature orange attire that denotes an inmate of the commission. Read more

Bar, Zaid, Khairuddin lose case against AG ‘failing to prosecute’ Najib

Source: FMT News 

PUTRAJAYA: The 18-month battle by the Malaysian Bar and two government critics to review the prosecutorial power of the attorney-general (AG) in refusing to frame charges agains Prime Minister Najib Razak over the RM2.6 billion donation has come to an end.

The Federal Court, in dismissing their leave applications, today affirmed the findings of the High Court last year that the A-G’s discretion could not be questioned.

A three-man bench chaired by Chief Justice Raus Sharif said the issue was settled following a series of past cases. Read more

CJ declines to recuse himself in historic application by Bar, two others

Source: FMT News 

PUTRAJAYA: No one in Malaysia’s legal history has ever applied for a chief justice to recuse himself from hearing a case – until today.

The Malaysian Bar and two government critics today applied to disqualify Chief Justice Raus Sharif from hearing their leave applications in their case against the attorney-general’s failure to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Razak over the RM2.6 billion donation.

However, the three-man bench of the Federal Court, chaired by Raus himself, dismissed the application, saying there was no merit to the case.

“However, rest assured that any decision will be made with two others based on facts and law,” he told lawyers for the applicants.

Others on the bench were justices Ahmad Maarop and Azahar Mohamed. Read more

Teoh Beng Hock, eight years without justice

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: There was deafening silence as the crowd stood to pay their respects to the late Teoh Beng Hock, who died in custody eight years ago.

Pain, despair and helplessness were seen on the the faces of Beng Hock’s parents as they sat in front of the hall, facing the crowd throughout the symbolic eight minutes of silence, during a forum about reforming the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last night.

Today marks eight years of the passing of Beng Hock, who used to be a journalist and a political aide to DAP’s Ean Yong Hian Wah. The family calls it “an agonising eight years without justice”.

The memorial service was followed by a brief speech by the president of the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy group, A Samad Said who claimed that they will continue fighting for justice. Read more

Reforming MACC : A Road to Good Governance & Human Rights

Venue : Meeting Room 2, First Floor, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Address : No 1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur (Next to the Monorail Maharajalela station)
Organizer : Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
Language : English, Bahasa Malaysia

Speakers :
Maria Chin Abdullah, Bersih 2.0 Chairperson
George Varughese, Malaysian Bar President
Saari Sungib, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pilihan Agensi, Badan Berkanun dan Anak Syarikat (JP-ABAS) Negeri Selangor, ADUN Hulu Kelang
Ngeow Chow Ying, Board Member of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
MACC Representative (Invited)

It has been 8 years that the Malaysian government failed to bring the perpertrator of Teoh to justice, yet the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers involved in his death were promoted to senior positions. The section 30 of the MACC Act that allows endless and torturous interrogation, which violates human rights and caused the death of Teoh, is still existed and potentially jeopardised the life of MACC detainees. The murder of Teoh was ensued by the death of Ahmad Sarbani at MACC Kuala Lumpur, which shows flagrant violations of human rights and lack of accountability of the MACC.

The 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal has not only shown how the kleptocracy robbed public fund, more importantly it raise the question of double standard and selective persecution by the public-funded MACC. Unlike Teoh, the Malaysian Official 1 neither subjected to immediate detention, nor prolonged interrogation until midnight, even though the amount siphoned from the government coffer is as much as RM2.6 billion. However, the false accusation against Teoh’s employer, with the amount as little as RM2,400, cost the life of the young political activist.

The performance of the MACC since its inception is a disappointment, both in term of good governance and human rights. Given that the 14th general election is around the corner, the 8th anniversary memorial of Teoh Beng Hock will simultenously hold this public forum to deliberate the reform measures to be taken by the MACC, in order to strengthen its capacity in tackling corruption and to protect human rights of detainees under its custody.

In addition, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy cordially invites Malaysians to join the 8th anniversary memorial of the late Teoh Beng Hock, which is scheduled as follows :

Date : 16 July 2017 (Sunday)
Time : 8:00 pm
Venue : Meeting Room 2, First Floor, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Address : No 1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur (Next to the Monorail Maharajalela station)
Organizer : Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

Program Schedule

8:00 pm Welcome speech
8:04 pm Moment of Silence
8:05 pm Speech by A. Samad Said, Chairperson of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
8:12 pm Speech by Teoh Lee Lan, Teoh family representative
8:20 pm Performance by Meor Yusof
8:30 pm Public Forum : Reforming MACC : A Road to Good Governance and Human Rights
10:30 pm End

Please contact 01110909808 or if you have further queries.

No more politicians in GLCs, MACC board tells Putrajaya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Chairman of Anti-Corruption Advisory Board Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim advises Putrajaya against appointing politicians to head government-linked companies. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 ― The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory board advised the government today against appointing politicians to head government-linked companies (GLCs), amid the crisis in Felda Global Ventures (FGV).

The board reasoned that most politicians bring their political habits along to the business they are handling, which it said results in unscrupulous practices when they run the business.

“The Advisory Board wishes to express in the strongest possible terms its concern about the government’s long-held practice of appointing party politicians as chairmen of GLCs.

“In every instance, they have fallen well below the ethical standards we have come to expect from those in positions of trust,” chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said in a statement today. Read more

Amend MACC Act to give investigators more bite, says MP

Source: FMT News

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

PETALING JAYA: DAP lawmaker Teo Nie Ching says it’s time for the government to amend the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act to give greater investigative powers to the commission.

Teo’s call follows news yesterday that over half of government officers found guilty of graft were under the age of 40.

MACC statistics show that between 2014 and 2016, a total of 2,329 arrests were made for graft and that 54% of them were individuals aged 40 and below. Of that number, 50% comprised civil servants.

“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,” MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil was quoted as saying by The Sun Daily.

In a statement today, Teo, who is DAP assistant national publicity secretary, said under the current MACC Act, possessing luxury items was not an offence unless the items were obtained through corrupt means. Read more

MACC probes alleged misappropriation of funds involving Umno supreme council member

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, March 1 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed receiving a report alleging that an Umno Supreme Council member was involved in the misappropriation of funds in a software development project for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) yesterday.

In a statement today, the MACC said the report was received from the police, following a public complaint.

“The MACC will investigate the report which was obtained prior to opening an investigation on the allegation.

“The individual involved will be called to testify, if necessary, to assist in the investigations,” it said, adding the commission would also cooperate with MCMC to obtain information regarding the allegation.

A local portal had reported that a complaint alleging a foundation owned by a member of the Umno supreme council had misappropriated funds worth RM2.7 million.

The police report was lodged at the Dang Wangi police headquarters on Monday.

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman confirmed receiving the report. — Bernama

Johor exco’s son, special officer nabbed for graft

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Nissan Skyline (centre) owned by Ahmad Fauzan. — Picture by Malay Mail

The Nissan Skyline (centre) owned by Ahmad Fauzan. — Picture by Malay Mail

JOHOR BARU, Feb 26 — At 25, Ahmad Fauzan Hatim Abd Latif led a lavish lifestyle.

He owned a Nissan Skyline R35, Porsche Cayenne, a Mercedes-Benz CLA 200, loved motorsports and often travelled to Europe for holidays.

However, the eldest son of Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abd Latif Bandi was among five individuals nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Friday over allegations of graft.

Also nabbed were Abd Latif’s special officer Muhammad Idzuan Jamalludin, also in his 20s, a lawyer, two businessmen and another individual.

More civil servants, including ranking officers, were expected to be picked up soon.

Investigations by the anti-graft body revealed Ahmad Fauzan and Idzuan were allegedly in cahoots with civil servants from the Johor Land Office and other government departments in lowering the premium of land which had been approved for housing and industrial projects, as well as in converting the titles of various premises in the state.

This had resulted the state government losing millions of ringgit.

Investigators had been monitoring the suspects for close to six months but those within the political circle were already talking about their supposed exploits. Read more

IDEAS: Whistleblowers Protection Act too weak to protect public

Source: FMT News

IDEAS CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan - Pic from FMT News

IDEAS CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan – Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: The extremely low number of whistleblowers coming forward to report on any wrongdoings in this country is due to weaknesses in the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, says IDEAS chief executive officer Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

Referring to a new policy paper titled “A critical look into the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010” presented by IDEAS board member and past president of the Malaysian Bar Christopher Leong, the think tank chief said there are severe gaps in what should be reported and what is currently being reported in the country.

“Many experts can agree that whistleblowing is one of the best ways to discover corruption. In countries like the US, as much as 46% of fraud cases were discovered due to whistleblowers.

“However, in Malaysia, the numbers are extremely low. Only 28 out of 8,953 complaints made to the MACC in 2012 were by whistleblowers. This is approximately 0.3% of cases,” Wan Saiful said in a statement. Read more