TI-M: We need an independent MACC to fight graft

Akhbar Satar

PETALING JAYA: As long as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is not independent, it will not be effective in investigating graft cases, nor punishing the corrupt, says Transparency International-Malaysia President Akhbar Satar.

He said the appointment of the MACC Chief Commissioner should always be independent and it should not be influenced by anyone in higher power and authority.

“MACC should also be given and have the financial autonomy to ensure its impartiality in investigating and pursuing other related actions, especially when prominent public figures are involved.”

He said this in a press statement expressing gratitude for the services of outgoing Chief Commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed and Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull.

Abu Kassim Mohamed finishes his term of service on Aug 1 and Shukri will be retiring in October.

Akbar said MACC had made great strides in the fight against corruption during the leadership of both these senior officers.

TI-M hoped the incoming officers would also have the maturity to uphold the good values of this very important and independent enforcement agency.

“The new Chief Commissioner should also have a good public perception, and most importantly he/she must be a person of integrity with high moral values.

“Ultimately, the new Chief Commissioner and the MACC as a whole must be capable of delivering the expectations of the rakyat, serving the interests of the people and justice without fear or favour.

“TI-M also hopes the new Chief Commissioner will work together with other organisations towards making Malaysia one of the least corrupt countries in the world,” Akhbar said.