Global anti-graft body sets up fund named after Mahathir

The Mahathir International Anti-Corruption Champion Fund is set up to protect the welfare of anti-corruption officers.

PETALING JAYA: The International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) has set up a fund called the “Mahathir International Anti-Corruption Champion Fund” for the welfare of anti-corruption officers who have been “exploited” in the line of duty.

In a statement today, National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) director Abu Kassim Mohamed said the IAACA annual general meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Jan 22, had approved the setting up of the fund and to name it after Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Contributions for the fund come from IAACA member countries, and Qatar is the main donor,” he said in a statement today.

On a separate matter, Abu Kassim paid tribute to international anti-corruption icon Ali Fetais Al-Marri who was conferred the title of “Tan Sri” by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, in conjunction with his birthday yesterday.

The Qatari lawyer is the founder and chairman of the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLAAC) which has worked with GIACC, and also serves as the IAACA president.

The organisation comprises leaders of anti-corruption agencies from around the world.