MACC pledge: I didn’t know it was voluntary, says Guan Eng


PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng says the Penang government was unaware that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) corruption-free pledge had to be signed voluntarily.

“Usually in any matter involving governmental process, we would be contacted. It is rare for us not to be contacted,” the chief minister was reported as saying by The Star at a press conference yesterday.

Calling the situation “out of the ordinary”, Lim added that he would discuss the issue with the state exco on Friday.

He was responding to MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad who recently questioned the need to invite Penang to sign the anti-corruption pledge.

According to Dzulkifli, other states had signed the pledge voluntarily.

“So I don’t know why Lim Guan Eng says we need to invite them. What makes Penang so great?” he told reporters on Monday.

MACC has repeatedly criticised Penang for its apparent reluctance to sign the pledge, although the state government says the “Transparency, Accountability and Efficiency” principle it had adopted since 2008 is more effective in preventing corruption and power abuse than the agency’s corruption-free pledge.

On July 15, Dzulkifli said other states had signed the pledge while Kelantan and Selangor had indicated their readiness to do the same.

Last week, Air Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai, who is also Lim’s political secretary, said Penang had not received any letter from MACC to sign the pledge.

“The attack by MACC against Penang seems political because MACC never wrote to the Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng about the corruption-free pledge,” Wong was quoted as saying by Malay Mail Online.

He also said the state government could not make any decision on the pledge as it had not received any official letter from MACC.