MACC to get more clout to probe ‘unusual wealth’ cases

Deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil. (Bernama pic)

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is amending some provisions in its law to further improve the agency and give it more clout to combat corruption more effectively.

Its deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil said the amendments, scheduled to be tabled in Parliament before the year ends, included provisions in Section 36 of the MACC Act 2009.

“The proposed amendments to Section 36 of the MACC Act is to allow investigations to be conducted directly on individuals who are found to be living beyond their means.

“This is because the existing provision in the law requires that we investigate the individual first before we can ask the person to declare his/her property.

“We want to do it like in Hong Kong where it is an offence for a person to spend more than his/her emoluments. The person will be required to explain about other sources of income,” he told reporters after the Bicara Minda programme organised by Sinar Harian here today.

He said other amendments to be made included on the appointment of MACC chief commissioner and the panel of independent bodies to monitor its functions.

Shamsun said MACC now had five panels or independent bodies to monitor it. Three were appointed based on the MACC Act and the other two by the government.

“We want to make sure all appointments of the panels are to be made under the MACC Act. They are important for checks and balances,” he added.

Meanwhile, Shamsun said only 303 civil servants offered bribes had come forward to provide information and were rewarded a total of RM560,000 since 2011.

“The country has 1.6 million civil servants, but the number who come forward to lodge complaints is very small.

“We do not want to focus only on those who are offered bribes, but also the ones who offer the bribes.

“The thing is those who offer bribes are the ones who often lodge reports. Hence, the ones to be arrested will be the recipients and most of them are civil servants. So, anyone who is offered bribes must lodge a report immediately,” he added.