MPs cooperating well on asset declaration, says MACC

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is happy with the cooperation it received so far from MPs over the move to have them declare their assets.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said it is now compiling other details related to the asset declaration requirement to be available to the public.

“As far as the Parliament is concerned, I think we are getting good cooperation in terms of the type of declaration,” she told reporters today after attending a dialogue session with government-linked companies (GLCs) and private companies on the new Section 17A of the MACC Act, to hold the management responsible for corrupt practices.

Latheefa also gave assurance that details of MPs would be general in the interest of privacy.

She said the declaration is divided into assets and liabilities.

“We are in the midst of collecting their liabilities,” she added.

She said some MPs had used the wrong forms to declare their assets, causing delay in making the details public.

The Dewan Rakyat on July 1 approved a special motion to compel MPs to declare their assets.

MPs have been given until Oct 1 to declare their assets.

The dialogue session, held ahead of the implementation of Section 17 of the MACC Act next June, saw the top managements of GLCs raising questions on several issues.

Most of them wanted to know how to set up an integrity division in their companies, and whether these could be placed under the human resources department or the audit unit.

Others raised concerns that some MACC officers might not be familiar with the technical aspects of management, while others said the new laws might create more fear within companies.

Latheefa said the placing of integrity officers in GLCs, a practice which began in 2014, should be strengthened with the officers given more powers.

She said these officers should not be placed under the human resources department and should be given access to the minutes of internal meetings and other similar documents.

“The integrity officers will share with us the issues they are facing,” she added.

She also said there was nothing to fear as the commission’s committee tasked with looking into the matter would help the companies with any queries.