Kuala Lumpur, 29 July 2016 – The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) congratulates the appointment of Datuk Dzulkifli bin Ahmad from the Attorney General’s Chambers as the incoming Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Commenting on the appointment, IDEAS’ Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said, “We are sad to see Tan Sri Abu Kassim go, he is a good man who dedicated his life to serving the rakyat. Nevertheless, Datuk Dzulkifli bin Ahmad as the Head of the National Revenue Recovery Team at the Attorney General’s Chambers has experience in recovering stolen assets. His experience in this field can only help the MACC in its tireless work in fighting corruption, particularly in addressing the ongoing 1MDB issue and other cases involving the loss of billions in public funds.”

“Let us be realistic. The current political scenario will make his new job difficult because he is starting from a position of trust deficit. I expect that it will be quite challenging for him but I am hopeful that Datuk Dzulkifli will be able to quickly gain the trust from MACC’s stakeholders.”

“I am sure he will be steadfast in his commitment to leading the MACC without fear or favour, even in the most challenging of times and that steadfastness is the best way to make the public trust his work.”

“Our foremost hope is that Datuk Dzulkifli will be as open to working with civil society as Tan Sri Abu Kassim has been. IDEAS cultivated a close relationship with the MACC over the years, particularly in our campaign to empower and strengthen the MACC through institutional reforms.  We also want to see the MACC elevated to a constitutional body and we would like to continue working with the MACC under Datuk Dzulkifli”, added Wan Saiful.

“Datuk Dzulkifli would do well to continue this culture of openness. Openness to dialogue and collaboration with civil society, coupled commitment to public outreach only serves to foster and strengthen public trust towards the MACC as a key government vanguard for integrity and honesty.”

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IDEAS is Malaysia’s first think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges. We are an independent not-for-profit organisation. As a cross-partisan think tank, we work across the political spectrum. Our purpose is to advance market-based principles, and we are not bound by party politics, race or religion. Our mission is to improve the level of understanding and acceptance of public policies based on the principles of rule of law, limited government, free markets and free individuals. For more information, please visit http://ideas.org.my/

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