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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is looking for three men, including an Indian national, who presence is needed in a hearing of a corruption case at the Alor Setar Sessions Court this Feb 24.

The commission, in a statement today, named the Indian national as Mohammed Imran Ali, the holder of a passport with number F 9715647 and whose last known address was Lorong Mahsuri 3, Kuah, Langkawi.

The other two men are Malaysians by the name of Muhammad Iqbal Fiezzrey Hasnal Ishak (identity card (ID) number 879226-09-5065) and Azmir Mohamed Kamal Ali (ID card number 851211-02-6055).

Iqbal’s last known address is No. 33, level 4, Casablanca Apartment, Langkawi, while Azmir’s was No. 5202, Seri Lagenda Apartment, Jalan Penarak, Langkawi.

The MACC hoped the three individuals or anyone with information on them to contact investigating officer Azha Lias or Muhammad Nur Ikram Ali at 012-4905986 or 012-4641216, e-mail azahalias@sprm.gov.my or mnikram@sprm.gov.my. – BERNAMA

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has re-submitted the investigation papers involving SRC International Sdn Bhd and the RM2.6bil political donation to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

MACC director of special operations, Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin, said the commission also sent a letter on their response together with the papers of the two cases to Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali on Jan 22.

He said that by convention, when the MACC is involved in high-profile cases, its officers would be asked to meet with the AGC to discuss the facts of the investigations and recommendations before a final decision was made by the AGC.

In the case involving the SRC and the RM2.6bil donation, Bahri said as of now, the MACC has not been asked for any discussion over the case.

“I believed that this is because the AGC is satisfied with our recommendations and proposals in the investigations papers,” he added.

On Jan 18, the AGC returned the two investigation papers to the MACC, asking for more information.

Mohamed Apandi, in a statement, said he wanted additional information on the cases and that he needed an explanation from MACC on its recommendations and actions.

The initial investigations papers were submitted to the AGC on Dec 31.

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KUANTAN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained four employees of the Pahang Land and Mines Office (PTG) including a senior officer suspected of being involved in corruption linked to bauxite mining, amounting to more than RM100,000.

MACC Investigation Division director Datuk Azmi Baki said all suspects, aged between 30 and 38, were picked up around Kuantan at between 6 pm and 9 pm yesterday, based on two and a half months of investigations.

“We also found stashes of cash in their houses including in a washing machine of the senior officer’s house believed to be money from corruption activities,” he told a media conference at MACC Complex, here Thursday.

Azmi said that the suspects would protect the illegal bauxite mining activities using the modus operandi of selling 13D Form, a Mineral Ores Transfer Document issued by PTG to bauxite miners to transport the mineral.

The form which is only valid for one trip, would be produced by the lorry driver when transporting bauxite from the storage area to the port, he added.

“The form known as a docket among local residents costs only RM1 but was sold to illegal miners at between RM150 to RM200,” he said.

Azmi said that in the raids, MACC also recovered a large quantity of the forms kept by all suspects who were now remanded until Jan 14.

Investigations would be carried out on the offence of accepting bribes under Section 17(A) of the MACC Act 2009, which is punishable with a fine of RM10,000 or five times the value of the bribe and a maximum jail term of 20 years upon conviction.

Azmi also clarified that MACC had started receiving information on bauxite mining since the middle of 2015, but the complaints then were only related to environmental pollution issue, which was beyond the purview of the commission.

“We did not interfere as there was no elements of corruption. But do not say we did not take action as we have been gathering intelligence which could not be made public,” he said.

Azmi also did not rule out the possibility of MACC arresting more people especially middlemen and government officers from other agencies relating to the bauxite issue.

He called on members of the public with information on corruption in bauxite mining to come forward as investigations on the issue needed witnesses.

Apart from that, Azmi said investigations also found revenue leakages as it showed royalty collection by the state government amounted to only RM47 million in 2015 when it was estimated to be five times the amount collected.

“This caused the state government to suffer revenues losses in levy collection and we take a serious view as this can be due to corruption or weak enforcement,” he added.

— BERNAMA

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KUANTAN: The Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) is drawing up an inspection paper to strengthen the system and procedure relating to bauxite due to weaknesses in enforcement and revenue collected by the state government.

State MACC director, Datuk Zainul Darus, said the two inspection papers were expected to be ready by month’s end before being submitted to the state government early next year.

He said the inspection papers were established after finding lax enforcement and collection of bauxite revenue which revealed elements of corrupt activities as bauxite was not listed in the act on natural resources.

“This is because in the act involved, there were no terms of bauxite mentioned except laterite soil which is not valuable, so we are in the process of completing the inspection paper so that the resource can benefit the government.

“Similarly from the aspect of enforcement, when bauxite is included in the act concerned, follow up actions can be taken by local authorities as now it can only act from the aspect of loading and bauxite dust under the Department of Environment.

“The Geoscience Department also cannot take action including from the aspect of permit, levy and tax,” he told reporters after a World Anti-Corruption Day celebration in Kampung Cempaka near here today.

— BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today recorded a statement from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on SRC International and the RM2.6 billion fund.

The statement was recorded at a session that took two and a half hours and the prime minister gave good cooperation.

“The commission will inform of developments from time to time,” the MACC said in a statement issued today.

On Nov 12, MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed said they had contacted the Prime Minister’s Office on the matter and Najib agreed to have his statement recorded.

He had reportedly said that the MACC was waiting for a date to interview Najib on issues related to the investigation.

On the same day, Najib said he was ready to give a statement to the MACC since the case had led to many allegations and lies.

SRC International was a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) until it was placed under the Ministry of Finance in 2012.

Meanwhile, when contacted, a spokesman for the MACC said today’s meeting with Najib was held in the Prime Minister’s office from 10 am. – BERNAMA

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KOTA BAHARU – Thirty-three suspects were detained by the Kelantan Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with numerous bribery cases between January and yesterday.

Its director, Datuk Ab Aziz Aban, said those detained comprised 25 employees of federal and state governments, six civilians and two private company workers.

“The statistics from the past 10 years showed that 11 individuals were charged each year with over 350 reports lodged, also each year.

“However, since 2014, we received approximately 160 reports of higher quality and as a result, more suspects had been taken to court,” he told reporters after attending the MACC Futsal Carnival in conjunction with the World Anti-Corruption Day 2015 celebration here today.

Ab Aziz said the cases involved bribe of between RM300 and RM80,000.

He said four of the suspects were already convicted, 21 had been prosecuted, two facing disciplinary action, four under investigation, one blacklisted, and one case was closed for lack of evidence. – BERNAMA

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PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says he will give his statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) soon, and intends to fully cooperate with the anti-graft body.

The Prime Minister was responding to a statement by Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali that that the MACC had until the end of next month to record his statement over the RM2.6bil donation controversy.

“I will cooperate with the MACC and give them my explanation so investigations can be concluded as soon as possible,” he said in a statement Thursday.

However, he did not state when the meeting would take place.

Najib added that it had always been his intention to fully cooperate with the investigation, especially so with the many allegations and untruths made against him.

On Wednesday, Apandi said that the MACC had to wrap up its investigation into the controversial donations by the end of next month.

He also said that he had directed the MACC to complete its investigations into former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd by that time due to public concern.

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Complaints Committee today expressed full support for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in carrying out its function as an independent, transparent and professional commission.

According to a statement issued by the MACC here today, Complaints Committee chairman Tan Sri Wilson Baya Dandot expressed the support in his speech at the handing-over ceremony of the Complaints Committee Annual Report 2014 at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya here.

“We stand together with the MACC and fully support what it has done as an anti-corruption law-enforcement agency which is independent, transparent and professional.

“We will also continue to boost the confidence of the people and ensure its officers can perform their jobs to fight corruption effectively and with commitment,” said Wilson Baya, here today.

At the event, he handed the annual report to MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull.

Wilson Baya also said that last year the Complaints Committee was one of the five independent bodies which monitored the work and abuses of the MACC, resulting in improvement measures of work ethics through internal monitoring.

“The measures have been discussed at committee meetings and presented to MACC’s highest management for implementatiion,” he said, adding that the committee was in the process of preparing a working paper for a module or reference by the MACC. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – 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

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will host the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) from Sept 2–4 in Putrajaya.

Held in collaboration with Transparency International, the 3-day conference carries the theme ‘Ending Impunity: People, Integrity, Action’ and aims to support, empower and engage people from a broad spectrum of society in over 130 countries to stand up against corruption.

Its objectives are to showcase game-changing anti-corruption solutions and the people behind them, engage new audiences in the fight against corruption, and promote a culture of integrity in all sectors of society to achieve sustained positive change.

People in the public and private sectors, civil society, and youth organisations will converge to look for ways to strengthen anti-corruption measures, enhance transparency and accountability, and put an end to impunity from corruption by bringing the corrupt to face the full measure of the law.

“More than 2,000 anti-corruption fighters will meet and take stock of where we are in the global war against corruption and were we need to be,” Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said to Bernama.

Participants will share best practices and discuss the latest developments in initiatives and tools to resolve corruption.

SHARING BEST PRACTICES

As host, the MACC will bring to the table Malaysia’s achievements and success in fighting corruption.

Malaysia has put in place regulations and processes, which have been assessed as compliant with global standards.

Malaysia’s anti-corruption initiatives under the Government Transformation Programme have received positive reviews from the United Nations Office against Drugs and Corruption (UNODC).

On Feb 7, 2014, the UNODC released its review findings on Malaysia’s compliance with recommendations made in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The report listed 23 good practices in fighting corruption in Malaysia– the highest number out of 168 countries reviewed.

To promote good governance and integrity in the civil service, the Government has established 800 integrity units spread across every government ministry, agency and government-linked corporations (GLCs).

Each integrity unit is helmed by a Certified Integrity Officer (CeIO) trained at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy. These CeIOs will carry out the necessary restructuring programme to enhance governance and integrity in their particular ministry, agency or GLC.

Low chairs the national level Governance and Integrity Committee or JITU, and reports matters concerning governance and integrity to the cabinet.

‘BAPTISM OF FIRE’

However, despite these achievements, recent developments in the country have placed Malaysia – particularly the MACC – in the cross hair of the international community especially Transparency International.

The country faces an unprecedented test of its governance at the highest level.

Key regulatory and enforcement officials have either been abruptly transferred or promoted away, putting investigations to a halt. An inter-agency task force in the thick of investigating financial irregularities was disbanded.

The investigators are being investigated. Consequently, this has cast a pall on the independence of the institutions concerned.

Low, the former Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president, said the MACC is undergoing its baptism of fire and conference participants would no doubt be interested in how the MACC would go about its ways given the present circumstances.

“We have to learn and understand what happened, why it happened, what the consequences are, and how to prevent them in future,” Low said.

The test that lies before regulators and enforcement agencies, especially the MACC, is to what extent they are able to maintain law and order, uphold integrity, and do what is right and necessary according to the mandate given to them, he said. – BERNAMA