MACC: 13 govt parliamentary members yet to declare assets

MACC deputy chief commissioner Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil says there is no law that makes it compulsory for MPs to declare their assets. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Thirteen government parliamentary members have yet to declare their assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil.

He said 24 government administrative members, including political secretaries, had also not done so.

So far, 115 or 89.8% of the government parliamentary members and 63 or 72.4% of the members of the administration had declared their assets.

“It is up to them to declare their assets. It’s their promise to the people, they have to do it.

“Until now, there is no law that makes it compulsory for them to declare their assets. Instead, we are only using the Code of Ethics for Administrative Members and the Code of Ethics for Members of Parliament,” he told reporters after attending the Premier Walk-About programme in conjunction with the 2018 International Anti-Corruption Day (Hara 2018) at the MACC headquarters here today.

Shamshun Baharin said MACC was prepared to assist those who had not declared their assets.

A portal on the declaration of assets was developed by MACC for display to the public.

He also said MACC would propose to the government for a new law or amendments to the existing Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 to make it compulsory for all politicians and senior government officers to declare their assets.

“A cabinet paper will be submitted and MACC hopes it can be tabled in Parliament in April next year,” he added.