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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
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. --BERNAMA
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.
“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.
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.