PANAMA CITY – Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed was appointed Vice-President of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) during its seventh annual meeting in Panama City from 22 to 24 November 2013.
IAACA was established during a special meeting at the United Nations’ office in Vienna on 19 to 20 April 2006. Malaysia is among the founding members of IAACA. The main objective of IAACA is to encourage and support the implementation of the United Nations Conventions Against Corruption (UNCAC) effectively. Until now, IAACA consists of more than 300 members from anti-graft agencies and anti-corruption authorities throughout the world.
Tan Sri Hj. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, MACC Chief Commissioner, was appointed as an IAACA Executive Committee member at 2010 and this organisation holds its meetings and conferences every year. Every member countries were involved in the discussions and every chapters of UNCAC are closely examined. Other activities were also held such as training, expo as well as information exchange and collection of anti-corruption data to encourage effective implementation of UNCAC.
Tan Sri Hj. Abu Kassim, 53, views his appointment as a recognition to MACC as well as Malaysia, due to active contribution and involvement in anti-corruption efforts at international level.
Tan Sri Hj. Abu Kassim added that the latest development shows that MACC’s corruption fighting initiatives since its establishment in 2009 have gained world wide attention and acknowledgement.
This appointment shows that the international community and world organizations recognized Malaysia and MACC’s achievements in fighting graft.
This appointment is the second international recognition accorded to him and MACC. In 2012, he was appointed Vice-Chairperson of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) Board of Governors which is based in Vienna. This Academy is an educational anti-corruption institution under the auspices of the United Nations.
MACC’s Involvement During the 7th IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting
During the Seventh IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting, the MACC Chief Commissioner was given the honour as the first presenter during the plenary session. Anti-corruption heads from ICAC Hong Kong, Tanzania Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau, India Central Vigilance Commission, Brazil’s Office of the Comptroller, France Central Service for the Prevention of Corruption, Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission and Romania National Integrity Agency presented as well.
During his presentation, MACC Chief Commissioner shared Malaysia’s experiences in transforming the Commission whereby the transformation has brought positive impact to Malaysia’s corruption prevention efforts.
The theme of the Conference was “Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption: Challenge and Opportunity” and it was held at ATLAPA Conference Centre in Panama City starting 23 November 2013.
During his opening speech, IAACA Presiden Professor Cao Jianming praised Malaysia’s commitment, especially MACC Chief Commissioner’s role in IAACA as well as his contribution towards anti-corruption efforts at the international arena.
NOTE TO EDITOR
Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) President Datuk Akhbar Satar congratulates Tan Sri Abu Kassim.
“This appointment is another recognition and acknowledgement of the international community towards Malaysia and MACC. It elevates the Commission to the next level,” he said.
Datuk Akhbar opined that the latest development proved that the anti-graft initiatives by MACC have gained the attention of the international community. He added that this recognition was also the result of Malaysians’ support towards MACC in combating corruption.
YB Senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor, who is a member of the Special Committee on Corruption, said that every Malaysian should support MACC’s anti-corruption initiatives and be proud of the recognition given by IAACA.
“This appointment is a huge recognition towards MACC’s efforts as well as for every organization and individuals who were committed to fight corruption in this country alongside MACC.
“We should be confident of the anti-corruption initiatives that were implemented. Although certain individuals have negative perceptions and made all kinds of accusations, I am sure there are people with integrity who recognize our efforts, as seen in Tan Sri Abu Kassim’s appointment by IAACA,” he added.
He hoped that with this recognition, it would raise the enthusiasm of all MACC officers to fight corruption regardless of the challenges they faced.
Other International Accolade Accorded to MACC
Master of Corruption Studies (MACS)
MACA is the first anti-graft academy in the world to be chosen as a centre of learning and it is entrusted to conduct Module 6 of the ‘Master of Corruption Studies’ programme offered by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (a higher learning institution with university status) based in Vienna, Austria. This 24-month programme combines distance learning with seven, twelve-day on-site modules.
Placement of MACC Officer in INTERPOL
In 2011, Interpol made a request to the MACC for an officer to be placed at the corruption prevention unit in INTERPOL.
Because of this, MACC appointed its officer Mohd Hafaz Nazar from the Investigations Division to serve at the INTERPOL Directorate in Lyon on a two-year contract beginning from 2012. Among the tasks and responsibilities that were given by the INTERPOL include developing capacity building amongst Asean countries and fostering cooperation between European nations. Mohd Hafaz was one of the four officers who were chosen among several countries to be placed at INTERPOL. [ENDS]
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
25 November 2013