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MACC’S OVERSIGHT PANEL CHAIRMAN: MALAYSIA IS NOT FACING A CORRUPTION CRISIS

Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim today said it was unfair and ridiculous for Transparency International President Jose Ugaz to say that Malaysia was facing a corruption crisis and a failed state.

“It is an unfair comment to make. Transparency International has been ill-advised,” said the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board Chariman.

Tunku Aziz Furious of TI Chairman Opening Speech for the 16th IACC (watch video here)

He refuted Ugaz’s statement, saying one unsolved case that had been “haunting Malaysia” does not prove that the country is in a crisis.

Ugaz, in his speech at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) said Malaysia is facing a corruption crisis following the unanswered allegations of the RM2.6 billion “donation” which was allegedly transferred into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank account.

“The speech made by the President of Transparency International (yesterday), where he repeated the charge that Malaysia is in a corruption crisis; I think that this statement is ill-advised; it was an ill-informed statement,” he said.

Tunku Aziz stressed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was, and is still investigating the case, adding that it was important to let the authorities complete their investigations, according to the law.

“I understand the case involves a huge amount but a proper and thorough investigation needs to be done before action can be taken. Why can’t they wait until the investigation is completed?” he asked.

Tunku Aziz said Ugaz’s sweeping statement was totally unacceptable and demanded an explanantion.

“If (the Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) is guilty and if the law says he should be hanged, then go ahead and do that, but I want to emphasise here that we are governed by the rule of law in this country. That is the basis of our legal system and civilisation,” said Tunku Aziz, adding that we should not allow emotions to get into the way of justice.

Over the years, Tunku said MACC, under the Government Transformation Programme, had undergone tremendous changes.

This can be seen from the conviction rates of cases, as well as the resources that have been made available to MACC to bolster the commission’s performance.

“MACC in the current situation, is as independent as you can get. There are independent oversight panels that look into its performance.

“I hope this incident will not be repeated,” he added.

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Non-Violent Measures More Effective In Combating Corruption – NGO

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 2 (Bernama) -- Non-violent action is the most effective in combating corruption although it might take a longer time, 
said Vijay Anand, president of 5th Pillar, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) against corruption in India.
 
 He said any measure to prevent corruption by means of violence such as street protests would only bring harm to any country.
 
 "Whatever weapons we use, they (enemy) will use the same weapons. If you throw stones, you will get stones back, if you throw flowers, 
you will receive the same."
 
 Anand said this to reporters after presenting a paper titled, 'What is People Power and How Does it Impact Corruption and Impunity?' in 
conjunction with the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), here, today.
 
 Sharing the 5th Pillar experience during the presentation, Anand said it had introduced the 'Zero Rupee' note, a 'handy weapon' to 
fight corruption in India, especially among the authorities.
 
 The 'special' notes were printed with a message, "If Anyone Demands BRIBE, Give This NOTE and REPORT THE CASE."
 
 "Citizens need to be educated on the law, and procedures. By giving this note to any officer that wants a bribe, you don't even have 
to say a word," he said.
 
 Anand also said that some NGOs from countries such as Nepal and Macedonia, had voiced their interest in adopting a similar approach.
 
 -- BERNAMA

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Journalists Should Play Important Role In Uncovering Corruption Cases

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 2 (Bernama) -- Journalists should play an important role in uncovering corruption cases, said Transparency and Anti-Corruption Officer of Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Osama Diab.
 
 "Although journalists do not have executive power, their involvement can help raise public awareness on corruption,
 
 "Most of the revelation come in informal ways, led by researchers or investigative journalists," he told reporters when met at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), here, today.
 
 He was earlier sharing his expertise during an IACC workshop session on 'Breaking Cycle of Impunity: Why Truth Telling and Accountability for Past Economic Crimes Matters'.
 
 Also present at the session were the chair of Transparency International (TI), Jose Ugaz and executive director of the African Centre for Open Governance (Kenya), Gladwell Otieno.
 
 Diab pointed out that in many prosecution cases, the work of a journalist was often used as a reference, and in Peru, media involvement was described as crucial in revealing the truth.
 
 The three-day biennial conference with some 1,000 participants from 130 countries started today at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here.
 
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MACC Members Must Act Without Fear Or Favour – Abu Kassim

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 (Bernama) - The people have been urged to protect the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) from meddling by other quarters which can affect its independence.
 
MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kasim Mohamed said lawmakers regardless of political differences should unite and help to create a totally independent anti-corruption institution.
 
 "Prosecutors in Malaysia who are responsible for initiating prosecution must act without fear or favour in carrying out the task entrusted," he said in a statement issued to mark the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) today.
 
 Abu Kasim also reminded the MACC members to always act without fear or favour in any given situation.
 
 He said the MACC would not condone any form of immunity in the investigation conducted by its members.
 
 "We believe that in order to avoid being involved in the issue of immunity, all institutions in the criminal justice system must act in accordance with the merits of each case," he added.
 
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MACC, Police And Bank Negara Can Probe Any Issues Without Cabinet Approval – Paul Low

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 2 (Bernama) – The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, the police and Bank Negara may initiate a probe on any issue without the approval of the Cabinet or the Prime Minister, said Minister in the Prime Mninister’s Department Datuk Paul Low.

He said the three bodies are independent as incorporated under their Act of Parliament.

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“It’s within their Act to initiate investigation regardless of whether the Prime Minister agrees or not.

“Their investigation is not instructed by the Prime Minister or Cabinet,” he said to a question from a Kenyan member of Parliament in a session at the 16th International Anti Corruption Conference here today.

The Kenyan MP had asked him about the investigation on 1Malaysia Development Berhad and whether it was ongoing.

Low said that as long as he was minister, he would ensure that the independence of the three bodies was protected.

He earlier delivered a paper on ‘Country Experience in Dealing with Governance and Corruption’ at the IACC’s workshop session.

Asked on the Bersih 4 rally last weekend, Low said the government was open to assemblies, but they have to be “within the right purpose”.

“If you want to have (a rally) against corruption, no problem. If it’s about injustice, again no problem. But the original purpose of Bersih 4 is they want the Prime Minister to resign and they want a caretaker government, and in one year they want a new election. It’s a mini Arab Spring.

“Yes, you may be angry, but if you are calling for dismantling the government in power it’s different. That’s the reason the rally was disallowed,” he said adding that its timing and venue clashed with the the National Day celebrations.

The conference attended by about 1,000 representatives from 130 countries is being held for three days from today at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here.

–BERNAMA

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Plans To Take MACC Out Of Civil Service

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 2 (Bernama) — Plans are being considered to take the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) out of the civil service and Prime Minister’s Department, and make it answerable to Parliament.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said a special committee had been set up to look into the plans.

“Making the MACC a separate service will require an amendment to the constitution for which two-thirds majority support in Parliament is necessary,” he told reporters after opening the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) 2015, here, today.

Earlier, when addressing the conference, Low said the MACC would be made a separate service commission to allow it to improve the capacity and professionalism of its staff and to have control over its employment terms and conditions.

He said the appointment and tenure of the Chief Commissioner must be made more secure.

He added that what was also being planned was for the Office of the Auditor- General to report to a bi-partisan special committee in Parliament, and the power and scope of audit to be enlarged.

“Malaysia is committed to protecting the sanctity and independence of its public institutions and we are currently in the process of strengthening the MACC and the Auditor-General’s Office,” he said.

Low, formerly president of Transparency International-Malaysia, reaffirmed his commitment to protecting the MACC from any intervention.

“I am not a politician, I will do what I promised,” he said.

The conference attended by about 1,000 representatives from 130 countries is being held for three days from today at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here.

— BERNAMA

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