Musa: Hiding scandals using secrecy laws bad for nation’s image


PETALING JAYA: Using secrecy laws to conceal scandals will ultimately hurt the nation’s image and that of Parliament too, former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam said, Malay Mail Online reported.

Speaking at the National Economic Governance: Role of Parliamentary Committee forum here, he said that one of the ways to help boost the country’s economy and the political environment is by being transparent and making public the results of investigations into government officials.

“The findings of corruption investigations involving government officials should be made public,” the former deputy prime minister was quoted as saying by the news portal.

He added that it was the role of Parliament to ensure that any official suspected of graft be investigated regardless of his or her position in the government.

“If you total up big corruption scandals in the past three-and-a-half decades, Malaysia has incurred more than RM100 billion.

“Accountability and integrity of a country lies on the top tier of the government and by that, I mean the Parliament.

“Investors are not going to put their money in a country that is politically and economically shaky.

“Therefore, the Parliament must show it controls the executive powers and the word ‘governance’ should not be foreign to MPs,” Musa said, according to MMO.