Senate approves asset declaration by members

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara has approved a motion which compels all senators to declare their assets, following a similar move by Dewan Rakyat last month.

The motion, tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong was adopted with 34 ayes from the 57 senators who debated the motion.

During the debate Liew said the declaration of assets should be made by members of the senate, their spouses and children, and trustees through statutory declarations which shall be submitted to the Dewan Negara President, with a copy to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

He said only the details of the asset declaration by senators would be posted on the MACC website for three months. So far there had not been any security problem after ministers and deputy ministers declared their assets last October and details posted at the MACC website.

“I have already declared my assets and it is on the MACC portal. So far, there are no security issues affecting me and my family,” Liew said.

“In my case, I inherited some assets from my late father and mother, so the value of the property from year to year rose to millions. But that’s just the value of the land. It only shows the value of assets owned, not the financial position of the elected representative at that time,” he added.

Liew said he also did not receive complaints of any information leak or harassment from third parties following the posting of the asset declarations by cabinet members.

The asset declarations were to ensure transparency of information towards eradicating corruption, he added.