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PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will investigate Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for corruption as long as there is substantial proof, said Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.

The MACC Anti-Corruption Advisory Board chairman said on Thursday that it was easy for people to make accusations but the commission could not act if there is no solid evidence of the allegation.

“If there are people concerned about the Prime Minister’s wealth, they know what they can do. Make a police report, but it has to be one with substance.

“It is not about going to the police station, have your picture taken surrounded by people and be famous for one day.

“I’m not saying the PM should be wrapped in cotton wool or shouldn’t be questioned.

“He should be held accountable for what he does, but before we accuse him of wrongdoing, come up with the evidence.

“If you have strong evidence, make a report, and the police will investigate. The MACC will act if there is any element of corruption.

“I encourage anyone with evidence of wrongdoing by the PM to go ahead and make a report. This is a democracy,” said Tunku Abdul Aziz at a press conference at the MACC headquarters here.

Tunku Abdul Aziz was asked if the PM would ever be probed by MACC for allegations of attaining wealth by corrupt means.

Earlier, he chaired a meeting with the new members of the board, who were appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Feb 25 this year.

Among those currently on the MACC Anti-Corruption Advisory Board include former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and former Auditor-General Tan Sri Hadenan Abdul Jalil.

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PETALING JAYA: Not even the Prime Minister’s wife is exempted from investigations, says the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

According to its chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim (pic), it was found that the RM2.4mil ring, allegedly bought by Rosmah Mansor, entered Malaysia through Singapore.

The customs department confirmed that it was later sent back to a jewelry company in New York, reported SinChew Daily.

Abu revealed that investigations commenced one hour after he received a complaint at 2pm, followed by a phone call to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself.

“What I want to say is: we have even probed the Prime Minister’s wife. Do you think we still have anything to be afraid of?” he said during a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding pledging to fight graft alongside Sabah state assemblymen.

Abu added that this was the first time he publicly admitted to the investigations on Rosmah Mansor.-The Star

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SHAH ALAM – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today it would investigate the accounts of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) if there is any indication of irregularities and wrongdoing involving the strategic investment fund.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed (pic) said the commission would await the full report on the matter from the Auditor-General and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) before taking any action.

“Look back at the government statement by the prime minister. The audit will go inside (and investigate), check, and they will present it to the (parliamentary) Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

“If there is a case (of irregularities), they will bring the matter to the law enforcement body (MACC),” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of the Corporate Integrity Pledge at the Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom) at Section 28 here.

Also present at the event were DRB-Hicom group managing director Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil. Puspakom is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-Hicom.

Abu Kassim also reminded the people against making any baseless accusations on the status of the 1MDB accounts, and to wait for the completion of the verification of the accounts.

Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the finance minister, instructed the Auditor-General to independently verify the 1MDB accounts and for the report to be handed over to the bipartisan PAC.

Najib had said that if any wrongdoing was proven, the law would be enforced without exception. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – Ten Sabah members of Parliament (MPs) and assemblymen Saturday night signed the Cooperation and Support Corruption Prevention pledge here.

The MPs were Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin (Papar), Datuk Sapawi Ahmad (Sipitang), Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin (Batu Sapi), Datuk Nasrun Mansur (Silam) and Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy (Kota Kinabalu).

The assemblymen were Datuk Joniston Lumai @ Bangkuai (Kiulu), Datuk Ahmad Bujang (Sindumin), Datuk Seri Panglima Michael Asang (Labuk), Datuk Masiung Banah (Kuamut) and Datuk Hamisa Samat (Tanjong Batu).

The pledge, which contained six items, was signed at a dinner programme organised by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and witnessed by MACC deputy chief commissioner (Management and Professionalism) Datuk Zakaria Jaffar

In his speech, Zakaria said he hoped that political leaders would continue to cooperate and assist the MACC to fight corruption, and not politicise corruption issues. – BERNAMA

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PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Monday handed over letters of appointment to 26 members of three independent panels of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), 19 of them new faces.

They were appointed as members of the Operations Review Panel; Complaints Committee; and Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel.

The duration of appointments to the Operations Review Panel and Complaints Committee is for two years and to the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel, one year.

The members of the Operations Review Panel are former Sarawak State Secretary Tan Sri Dr Hamid Bugo; New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chairman Tan Sri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan; Bank Islam (M) Bhd chairman Datuk Zamani Abdul Ghani.

Former deputy auditor-general Datuk Azizah Arshad; Public Complaints Bureau former director-general Datuk Wan Abdul Wahab Abdullah; Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Accounting Research Institute director Prof Dr Normah Omar.

Universiti Sains Malaysia Criminology Faculty associate professor Dr Sundramoorthy M. Pathmanathan and former Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee.

The members of the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel are Media Prima chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar; Limkokwing University president Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing; Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations president Datuk Dr Marimuthu Nadason; Kumpulan Media Karangkraf chairman Datuk Dr Hussamuddin Yaacub.

Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Hua Zong) honorary deputy secretary-general Datuk Prof Dr Chin Yew Sin; advocate and solicitor Datuk Zuraidah Atan; Malaysian Islamic Development Department former director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz.

Public Complaints Bureau former director-general Datuk Khalid Ibrahim; Institute of Marketing Malaysia president Datuk Sharifah Mohd Ismail; USM Right Livelihood College former director Datuk Dr Anwar Fazal.

UiTM Faculty of Accountancy lecturer Prof Dr Syed Noh Syed Ahmad; UiTM Communication and Media Studies lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Ismail Sualman; Malaysia Institute of Internal Auditors former president Walter Sandosam and The Sun Daily editor R. Nadeswaran.

The Complaints Committee members are former Sarawak state secretary Tan Sri Wilson Baya Dandot; former Sabah federal secretary Datuk Mohammad Hatta Abd Aziz;

Public Service Department former deputy director-general Datuk Ahmad Said and MACC General Service and Human Resource Management and General Administration former director Rohani Abdul Kadir.

MACC, which was set up in 2009, has five independent bodies, namely Special Committee on Corruption; Anti-Corruption Advisory Board; Operations Review Panel; Complaints Committee, and Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel.

– BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will station its officers in the Cameron Highlands to tighten surveillance and monitor corruption to combat the problem holistically.

The move was made following MACC checks conducted since May last year which found there was no specific and systematic centre for the public to submit complaints effectively on illegal land-clearing activities and corruption.

Its deputy chief commissioner (operations), Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull (pic) said while waiting for government approval on the posting of permanent officers, the MACC would station officers there temporarily as soon as possible.

“The MACC has decided to station its officers in the Cameron Highlands to tighten surveillance.

“People with information can pass it to MACC and provide support on the serious issue in the area,” he said in a statement here Sunday.

Mohd Shukri said although the MACC received complaints and information from time to time, it had a problem with inadequate evidence.

“The MACC, through its inspection and consultancy division, has conducted checks to determine the cause of the issue in the Cameron Highlands,” he added.

On Nov 5, a mudslide occurred in Ringlet and Lembah Bertam, Cameron Highlands – believed to have been partly contributed by illegal land-clearing activities – resulting in the death of five people. Five others were injured.

Mohd Shukri said: “The MACC has taken a corruption case in Cameron Highlands to court, and last year, it charged the people who illegally cleared land and tried to bribe an officer at the Land and District Office in Cameron Highlands.”

- Bernama

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) says an independent commission is needed to eradicate graft and misconduct in the police force.

MACC’s consultative and corruption prevention panel (CCPP) chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaafar said today the police should consider this proposal seriously to regain the faith and confidence of the public in the force.

It will be similar to the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) which was suggested by a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) years ago.

Renaming it the Independent Police Integrity Commission (IPIC), he said it would be an effective deterrent to all forms of serious misconduct and power abuse by police personnel, including bribery.

Johan led a CCPP delegation to Bukit Aman today where he met Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and other top police officers to discuss ways to counter graft in the police force.

Also present at the meeting was MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Johan said although the CCPP is aware of the issues that arose when the IPCMC was suggested by the RCI, it is of the opinion that IPIC can be the ultimate solution to reform the police force, assuring “check and balance” and transparency.

The recommendation for the IPCMC was initially made eight years ago by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police – a recommendation that was never realised due to strong objections by police top brass who lamented that there would be partial and other unfair policies against its personnel if such commission were to be in place.

Over the years, the police sidelined the recommendation despite repeated calls by various quarters, including the Bar Council, for such a commission to be formed.

In a press conference, Johan said although the newly formed police Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) was tasked to handle power abuse and misconduct, it should be a full-fledged Internal Affairs Division with “more teeth to bite wrong-doers”.

He said this is in line with Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s call for the police to emulate the New York Police Department, which had countered corruption within its force after forming a highly effective internal affairs division.

Johan said CCPP and the police force had also agreed to work together on several programmes, including one called the “adopted department programme” where the former will provide consultation and guidance to any “problematic” police unit or division over a certain duration.

Khalid said the meeting was fruitful and the joint cooperation between the police and MACC is a positive move in fighting corruption.

On changing the negative perception of the public on the police force, Khalid said the issue is the mindset of the people and it can only be changed by engaging the public through programmes and other means of interaction.

“This is not only happening here but in other countries. For instance, the crime index has fallen way down at negative (-) 12.4% but when crimes occur, people continue to think it is high,” he said.

Abu Kassim said corruption within enforcement bodies is a universal problem but what is crucial are the efforts being taken to control, if not eradicate it. – The Sun

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, called on the authorities today to adopt the holistic approach to combat corruption in the country.

He said the holistic approach focused on two aspects, namely strict and non-selective punitive measures as well as preventive measures to strengthen integrity.

There were two categories of perpetrators of corruption – the desperate who faced hardship and the greedy, he said in his address at the 47th anniversary celebration of the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA)/Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), here.

“The number of perpetrators of corruption in the first category will rise without the introduction of an effective formula that focuses on their welfare, especially in terms of the cost of living.

“The country cannot remain in a state of denial of the reality that is taking place. It is a major challenge,” he said.

Sultan Nazrin Shah said legislation and enforcement agencies were instruments that had to be equipped with comprehensive and logistic programmes to combat corruption.

“It (corruption) is not a sore throat that is temporary and can be treated with lozenges; it is a serious social ill that needs intensive care administered by social physicians and surgeons,” he said.

The ruler said that acting in a strict and non-selective manner in combating corruption was not an option but a necessity.

He also said that the preventive aspect required efforts to enhance integrity so that individuals were moulded with internal resistance, without being driven by greed.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang were also present at the event. – BERNAMA