No compulsion to send list of candidates to MACC, says Paul Low

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PUTRAJAYA: Opposition parties are free to choose whether or not to send the lists of their candidates for vetting by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before the 14th general election, says minister in the prime minister’s department Paul Low Seng Kuan.

He said the screening was an initiative of the MACC and done on a voluntary basis.

“The MACC is doing its duty to screen potential candidates for GE14 to ensure they have a high level of integrity.

“It’s an initiative of the MACC, so there is no need to hit out at it. It’s voluntary and parties have a choice,” he said at the open day of the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) at Menara Usahawan.

Low was responding to harsh comments by Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties and PAS which questioned the credibility of MACC to vet their candidates for GE14.

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said her party had its own internal system to vet its candidates and asked who MACC was to ask for the party’s list of candidates for screening.

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said vetting by the party’s Syura Council was sufficient to identify its potential candidates.

The comments followed an invitation by MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad to political parties to submit their lists of candidates for vetting by the anti-graft agency on the aspects of corruption and abuse of power.

Dzulkifli said only Barisan Nasional (BN) had been sending their lists to MACC but not the opposition parties.

He assured the screening results would be kept confidential and given to the parties concerned for their action.