PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has linked up with environmental experts and activists to fight environmental degradation caused as a result of corruption and abuse of power.
They have formed the Environmental Protection and Anti-Corruption Caucus (Epacc), an information-sharing network, to curb corruption and strengthen law enforcement.
“It is believed that integrated and continuous cooperation can eradicate illegal logging, pollution and illegal land-clearing.
“This in turn can prevent untoward incidents such as flooding and soil erosion,” said MACC in a statement today.
Epacc is made up of representatives of MACC; Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia; Rimba Research; Sahabat Alam Malaysia, Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam; the Chemical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; Centre for Science and the Environment; and Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia.
MACC said it welcomed the strategic partnership that would ensure more serious attention was given to issues of environmental degradation.
“At the same time, it enables MACC to take immediate action against those practising corruption and abuse of power that affects the environment.”