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KUALA TERENGGANU: Seventeen arrests have been made in Terengganu by the Malaysian Anti Crime Corruption (MACC) until June this year.

State MACC director Zainal Adam said 11 civil servants and six individuals were among those arrested.

“20 investigation papers were opened out of the 128 reports that we received,” he told reporters during a Raya open house at its headquarters here on Monday.

Zainal added that there had been a decline in cases compared to the same period last year and urged the public to report any instances of corruption and abuse of powers.

“We can confirm that there have been no cases involving any politicians in the state,” he added.

Out of the 17 people arrested, six were charged under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 for giving or accepting bribe while the remaining 11 were Government servants who committed the offense under Section 18 MACC Act 2009 relating to false claims and documents.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Kevin Anthony Morais, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s deputy public prosecutor, today stressed that issuance of notices against lawyer Datuk Rosli Dahlan were done according to the law.

Testifying at the High Court here today, Morais said that he still had valid grounds to issue the notices.

Denying that the notices had been issued for improper motives, he insisted:

“They were issued based on investigations and accordance to the law.”

Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) was upgraded as MACC, an independent Commission in 2009.

Morais added that he had reason to believe that a crime had been committed under Section 11(a) of the then Anti-Corruption Act 1997 based on investigations carried out by investigating officer Saiful Ezral Ariffin.

Section 11(a) provides that any agent who corruptly accepts or obtains any gratification as an inducement or a reward for doing any act in relation to his principal’s affairs or business commits an offence.

Morais, former Deputy Director of MACC’s Legal and Prosecution Division claimed that he issued the notices premised on that suspicion.

Denying that the notices had been issued for improper motives, Morais as quoted by Free Malaysia Today insisted, “They were issued based on investigations and accordance to the law.”

Rosli had been charged in the Sessions Court in October 2007 for allegedly failing to declare his assets pursuant to notices dated July 17, 2007 and August 16, 2007 issued by Morais.

He was, however, acquitted in December 2010 without his defence being called.

Morais acknowledged that Sessions Court judge Abu Bakar Katar had rejected the reasons given by him for the issuance of the notice.

He also admitted the notices issued to Rosli and Datuk Ramli Yusoff, former Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department Director, were inter-connected and that Judge M Gunalan had found that he had issued the notices “under strange circumstances in that it was based purely on the unsubstantiated and unsupported allegations by a complainant with dubious character having antecedents.”

“I was informed by the prosecutor who handled the case that the judge did not accept my reasons for issuing the notices,” Morais testified during cross-examination, “but I do not agree”.

Denying that the notices had been issued for improper motives, Morais insisted, “They were issued based on investigations and accordance to the law.”

He added that he had reason to believe that a crime had been committed under Section 11(a) of the then Anti-Corruption Act 1997 based on investigations carried out by investigating officer Saiful Ezral Ariffin.

Section 11(a) provides that any agent who corruptly accepts or obtains any gratification as an inducement or a reward for doing any act in relation to his principal’s affairs or business commits an offence.

He needed to declare his assets to enable the Anti-Corruption Agency to investigate whether he held any assets for Ramli, Morais said.

“However, in (Rosli’s) written reply, he did not comply with the orders but instead gave his opinions and raised questions on the matter,” he said.

The trial continues on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

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PUTRAJAYA: The seventh witness from Anti-Corruption Agency testifying on the Rosli Dahlan case, Saiful Ezaral Ariffin said that the arrest made against Rosli was valid as there was enough evidence to do so.

During the crossed examination by the plaintif lawyer Cheetan Jetwani, Saiful disagreed with the allegation that the order to arrest Rosli was to avoid him from advising Datuk Ramli Yusof in the capacity as a lawyer.

Saiful said the arrest came after Rosli refused to declare his assets as per requested in the notice which was issued by prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais, who was testifying before Saiful.

To the question if Rosli was confused on whether to declare his or Ramli’s asset, Saiful nodded and replied that Rosli was confused despite it was clearly stated in the notice.

When asked why the ACA did not use the Section 22 of the corruption act but instead the Section 32, Saiful said the act give special power to order an individual to declare their assets voluntarily.

He stated the declaration of the asset under act should be done by showing and submitting supporting documents and will consume little time.

Saiful who was testifying before judge Datuk Su Geok Yiam also told the court the it is depend on a situation if the person being investigated would be told before they are being arrested.

Saiful finished testifying today and the 8th witness is expected to testify tomorrow.

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PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) complaints committee has not received any complaint of intimidation
during investigation by its officers, since October 2012.

According to a statement issued by the committee today, the number of claims about the use of force by MACC officers in 2008 was 26, while in 2009, 12.

In 2010 and 2011, there was only one complaint each, while in 2012, two. In 2013, 2014 and as of April 2015, there was none.

The independent committee set up in 2009 is entrusted to monitor the conduct of MACC officers, identify weaknesses in the system and work procedure, and contribute ideas and suggestions for enhancement.

The committee which viewed the reduction in complaints as very positive, said the use of a ‘video interviewing room’ helped to quell false allegations against MACC officers.

Aside from that the committee also went to the ground for dialogues with MACC officers at state level to impart knowledge and awareness of the consequences of violating the code of conduct.

During such sessions, the officers would also be made to understand the constraints and problems faced by MACC in the delivery of service and forms of solution.

“The ‘zero tolerance’ and ‘whiter than white’ principle practised by theMACC had also improved the accountability and integrity of MACC officers, said the statement.

Meanwhile, the committee under a new membership held its second meeting in Penang yesterday, which was chaired by Tan Sri Wilson Baya Dandot.–BERNAMA

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LABUAN – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is targeting young government personnel and youths at all levels in combating corruption.

Nine enforcement agencies and local authorities namely the police, customs, immigration, Labuan Corporation, Road Transport Department (RTD), Fire and Rescue Department, Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK), Public Works Department (PWD), village youth representatives and leaders and students of University Malaysia of Sabah Labuan International College (UMSKAL) took part in the ‘Zero In Corruption Program’ Saturday.

The one-day program was in collaboration with UMSKAL to educate and create awareness among youths at all levels on corruption efforts and preventive measures.

Labuan MACC director Jamaluddin Bakar said the anti-corruption program would continue to be widened and expanded to certain group of people whose duties are exposed to elements of corruption.

A seminar entitled Youth’s Role in Corruption Prevention was also held with the cooperation of the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) Labuan and Labuan Community Education Unit.

“The program has given positive impact to the youths. The program was in recognition to the youth’s participation in combating corruption,” he said at the launching of the program.

He said the program was part of MACC’s efforts and strategies to build public support at all levels for anti-corruption efforts. – BERNAMA

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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