Why the delay in MACC asset list, asks C4

C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel

PETALING JAYA: An anti-graft group today demanded an explanation for the delay in displaying a list of declared assets by Cabinet members and MPs following news that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had postponed doing so for the second time.

The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) said taxpayers had the right to know the real reasons for the delay.

C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel added that any further delay in implementing asset declaration and displaying the list on the MACC website would be unacceptable.

“Given the urgency of the matter, we call on MACC to display the available information on asset declaration and name those who have failed to provide the information on its website on Nov 1.

“We would like to reiterate that asset declaration will only be effective and transparent if it is made public,” she said in a statement.

Earlier today, FMT reported that MACC had postponed the display of the list to Nov 1, as some had yet to declare their assets.

Last month, the anti-graft agency postponed the display of the list from Oct 1 to 15.

Its chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull said this was to enable all MPs and Cabinet members to submit their asset declarations as not all of them had completed three months of service.

The list will be given to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the MACC before it is published on the website.

For now, the declaration of assets does not involve assemblymen and other state-level leaders.