Combating corruption still high on govt’s list of priorities, says law minister

De facto law minister Liew Vui Keong.

PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is committed to upholding the principles of rule of law, integrity and good governance.

De facto law minister Liew Vui Keong said the government’s earliest initiative to combat corruption was by making it compulsory for Cabinet members as well as deputy ministers and all high-ranking officers, including their respective family members, to declare their assets.

“Various reforms and initiatives are also taking place in the legal sphere, including the abolition of the death penalty for all offences in Malaysia and strengthening the independence of key institutions to further enhance the principle of separation of powers among the executive, legislative and judiciary wings,” he said.

He said this in his speech during the 10th Asean Law Ministers’ Meeting (ALAWMM) in Vientiane, Laos, being held from Oct 11 to 14.

The meeting discussed the liberalisation of legal services, strengthening the information network of Asean member countries and the transfer of prisoners.

In his speech, Liew also spoke about the Asean Legal Information Portal (Asean LIP), which was initiated by the University of Malaya’s Asean Legal Information Centre.

According to him, the Asean LIP serves as an online database, capturing the latest legal developments, including legal news, judgments, legislation and directives from all Asean member states.

Asean LIP aims to facilitate free and meaningful access to Asean legal information and has been available online since early 2017, he said.

He said the university is also currently working on the second phase of the Asean LIP to assist businesses in identifying and understanding the laws of Asean member states.

Liew also proposed that the Asean secretariat explore the possibility of collaboration for the development and enhancement of this portal throughout Asean communities.

Earlier, Liew also spoke of the Malaysian government’s support for the development of the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and Asean Extradition Treaty.