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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
KUALA LUMPUR 24 Nov -- Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak selaku Presiden Umno ketika di wawancara khas bersama pengarang-pengarang Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia (Bernama) dan Utusan Malaysia di pejabatnya di Parlimen di sini, baru-baru ini.??--fotoBERNAMA (2012) HAKCIPTA TERPELIHARA
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.
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
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
“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
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
PETALING JAYA: Moments after the announcement of the reinstatement of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) special operations director Datuk Bahri Mohd Zin, his wife took to Facebook to thank the public for their support.
“I thank Allah for answering my prayers and I thank all Malaysians,” said Datin Noor Haslina Abdullah in a Facebook post on Monday.
“My husband Datuk Bahri and Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob have once again been returned to MACC.
“Thank you for your prayers and moral support. Thank you for all the positive WhatsApp messages, calls, Telegram and messages,” wrote Noor Haslina.
In another message on her Facebook page, she also thanked Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin for his support.
On Monday, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa had revoked the transfer orders for the two MACC directors to the Prime Minister’s Department as he was satisfied with their explanations.
Bahri and Rohaizad, who is MACC’s strategic communications director, were transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department on Friday over “disciplinary issues”.
Rohaizad was believed to have been transferred over his “soft approach” on Opposition leaders when they visited the MACC headquarters on Thursday.
Bahri was believed to have been transferred over his criticism of the police investigation on MACC officers.
The transfers were cancelled following a meeting between the two, Ali Hamsa and Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Zabidi Zainal in Putrajaya.
Bahri was among those questioned by Bukit Aman in connection with the leakage of information over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) probe.
PUTRAJAYA – Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN) Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa today cancelled the transfer of two senior officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to the Prime Minister’s Department which was announced last Friday.
Ali said in a statement that the two officers – MACC director of Special Operations Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and director of Strategic Communications Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob – were reinstated to their original posts in the commission effective today.
Ali said he and Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal had met with the two MACC senior officers involved in the transfer.
He said both officers had clarified on their action of making a media statement.
“Following their clarification, I decided to cancel their transfer to the PM’s Department and they are to return to their original posts in the MACC effective today,” he added.
On Aug 7, the two officers were reported to be transferred and ordered to report to the PM’s Department Monday.
SEPANG – Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull arrived here tonight after being in the United States (US) on business for 10 days.
His arrival at the KL International Airport (KLIA) on a flight from Dubai at 9.40pm was escorted by MACC officials as several media representatives were waiting to get his comments concerning the immediate transfer of two of his officers to the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM).
He only said that he would speak to the media later as he had to settle several matters beforehand.
“It is not safe (to comment on it here). Let me settle the matter first.
“Later I will speak to you,” he said as he walked out of the KLIA terminal building escorted by MACC officials and several top management of the commission.
Also present to greet him at the airport were the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali and several senior officers of the MACC. – BERNAMA
KUCHING – The transfer of two Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency (MACC) officers to the Prime Minister’s Department has no connection with the police but is an administrative matter by the Public Service Department (PSD).
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said every government officer was subjected to the directives and circulars in the General Orders set by the PSD and signed by every government officer who received their appointment as ‘aku janji’ (pledge).
He said this at a media conference in the Kuching International Airport before departing for the federal capital at the conclusion of his two-day visit to Sarawak.
Prior to this, the media reported that MACC Special Operations Division director Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and Strategic Communications Division director Datuk Rohaizad Yaacob were transferred with immediate effect to the Prime Minister’s Department and were directed to report themselves tomorrow.
In a separate development, Ahmad Zahid said he chose Sarawak as the first state he visited after being appointed as deputy prime minister in the Cabinet reshuffle on July 28 as it was in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s committment to help the state of Sarawak.
The move, he said, was in tandem with the commitment of the prime minister and former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to assist Sarawak even though the projects approved were not in the main policy structure of the state.
“However because of the federal government’s concern to see that the infrastructure and development element in all aspects get implemented, I together with the prime minister are committed in implementing them as requested by Sarawak chief minister (Tan Sri Adenan Satem),” said Ahmad Zahid.
The deputy prime minister said he would make regular visits to Sarawak, especially to target areas that were identified to ensure the implementation of projects that were promised.
Meanwhile Ahmad Zahid congratulated the Sarawak state government, especially Sarawak Barisan Nasional, for its success in setting aside the High Court’s ruling in its appeal on the proposed redelineation of state electoral boundaries in the Court of Appeal yesterday.
“This shows its sincerity in increasing the number of state seats not only in accordance to the existing laws but also because Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, hence it is logical,” he said.
On the date of the state election, Ahmad Zahid said it was the right of the state government to decide on it after consulting the Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri and informing the Election Commission (EC).
He said the federal government and national BN were ready to help Sarawak BN and state government not only to garner support in the areas that were won in the last general election but also in the new seats.
“I am confident with the close cooperation and all the programmes being organised, BN can win all the new seats and additonal ones being regained,” he said.
On his courtesy call on Yang Dipertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, Ahmad Zahid said he thanked the former for his advise and views in all aspects.
“Tun is more knowledgeable in analysing all situations and I hope my personal ties with him will strengthen links, official relationship between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching or the federal and state government,” he said. – BERNAMA
PUTRAJAYA – No further action will be taken against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers called in to give their statements over the leakage of information on social media, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
In giving the assurance, Ahmad Zahid, who is also the home minister, said the MACC officers were required by the police to only give their statements.
“I guarantee that there will be no arrests of MACC officers by the police, only to take their statements. I guarantee that there will be no further action.
“We do not want information to be leaked out before there is a conclusion of investigations,” he told reporters after Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali paid a courtesy call on him here today.
Zahid said any arrest of MACC officers in the future would be in compliance with police investigation procedures.
Zahid also said that the investigation into the information leak on social media was focused not only on the MACC but also other agencies.
The deputy prime minister said the leakage should not have happened as the information was protected under the Official Secrets Act 1972.
“Of course, we suspect a hidden agenda behind the leakage. No country in the world allows leakage of information,” he said.
Asked to comment on the statement by MACC Special Operations Division director Datuk Bahari Mohammad Zin on the “invisible hand” which had directed the police action against the MACC, Zahid said: “It was not an official statement of the MACC; the individual concerned was expressing his frustration at what happened.”
The MACC is involved in the investigation into SRC International and the issue of RM2.6 billion having been deposited into a bank account of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Ahmad Zahid said the good relations between the police and MACC should be maintained to enhance the trustworthiness, integrity and credibility of all
concerned. – BERNAMA
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