Plans afoot for special court to handle corruption cases, says PM

Dr Mahathir says the government hopes to set it up soon as people are asking how is it that some individuals who are corrupt seem to escape punishment.

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today that the government plans to set up a special court for corruption cases.

He said the government hoped to set it up as soon as possible as people were asking how was it that some individuals who were corrupt seemed to escape punishment or came out clean.

“It will focus on corruption. We want this court because the trials related to corruption are considered ordinary trials,” he said after a meeting of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) here.

Mahathir said this was an effort to fight corruption and to ensure that other cases would not be delayed or affected due to the holding of corruption cases in the same courts.

He added that the judges for this court would be appointed through “the usual manner”.

“We are still refining this proposal. Of course, we do not get involved with the courts. We need to look at it and see where this fits,” he told a press conference.

The press conference was also attended by Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and GIACC director-general Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Pre-GE14 built army camps now empty

Mahathir also said the government would look into land swap exercises involving the defence ministry where several army camps were built before the 14th general election to garner votes from soldiers.

“This is wrong. We found a lot of land swapping to speed up the process of building the camps. After the general election, the camps were made vacant.”

In February, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said the government lost more than RM500 million from several land swap deals worth RM4.75 billion.

The defence minister said Mindef received a report from the Governance, Procurement and Finance Investigating Committee led by former auditor-general Ambrin Buang on the land swap deals, which was then discussed at the Feb 13 Cabinet meeting.

New Song ‘Malaysia Bersih’

Mahathir added that Putrajaya also planned to introduce a new song to be sung after the national anthem Negaraku at official functions.

He said the new song would be called “Malaysia Bersih”.

“It is important to clean the country from corruption so that we are not known to be kleptocratic,” he added.