Reforming the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (5)

Recent events involving transfers of MACC Officers in the midst of investigating high profile cases highlight serious issues concerning the MACC’s independence from interference by the Executive branch.

IDEAS working in collaboration with the Malaysian Bar, Transparency International Malaysia, Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and the Citizen’s Network for a Better Malaysia are proposing a set of legal and institutional reforms for the MACC to improve its effectiveness to combat corruption.

The proposals are as follows:
1.The creation of the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC), a constitutional body independent of the Executive branch.
2. Amendments to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 to expand the MACC’s powers of investigation
3. Amendments to other legislation such as the Official Secret’s Act and the Whistle-blower Protection Act to improve witness protection and encourage whistle-blowing.
4. The separation of the office of the Attorney General and Public Prosecutor to remove the current conflict of interest between these two roles.

These proposals will be discussed at the forum by speakers Mr Steven Thiru, President of the Malaysian Bar and Ms Tricia Yeoh, Chief Operating Officer of IDEAS. Closing remarks will be given by Mr Leonard Shim, President of the AAS.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: 16 December 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Pullman Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak

Kindly note that this event is open to members of the public and tickets are free but limited.

RSVP now by writing an email to shaza@ideas.org.my

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