Kuala Lumpur, 26 January 2017 – The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) launched an online signature drive under its #NyahKorupsi campaign to promote public support of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its efforts to combat corruption in the country. The launch was held at a public forum organised by IDEAS which featured a keynote address from Dato’ Shamshun Baharin bin Mohd Jamil, Deputy Chief Commisioner (Prevention) of MACC.

Members of the Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency (GIAT) Coalition including Dato’ Akhbar Satar from Transparency International Malaysia, Cynthia Gabriel from the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Jeffrey Phang from Friends of Kota Damansara and Khairil Yusof from Sinar Project, spoke as forum panelists.

Speaking at the launch, IDEAS Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said, “We have been advocating for institutional and legal reforms under our #NyahKorupsi campaign in several states in Malaysia for some time now which is why we are launching this online signature drive. Although most Malaysians would say that they are against corruption, not many would come out in support of the institutions that do the actual work in fighting corruption”.

“Public support is crucial in order for us to succeed in tackling deeply rooted institutional corrupt practices and abuses of power. In Indonesia, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has the general support and respect of the public, which enables them to endure retaliation from bodies such as the police and sustain their commitment and dedication towards fighting corruption. What helped them was the Indonesian people coming out in solidarity with KPK.”

“Our goal is to have more Malaysians coming out in public support of the MACC, because at the moment they have been making increasingly more investigations and arrests of corrupt top officials. There may come a time when they will need our help, which is why we want to start raising the awareness now.  And of course we hope to see an environment where the MACC feels supported enough to go for those who are currently immune and not yet touched by the law.”

“It is understandable that some people are cynical and skeptical about the MACC’s ongoing efforts.  But let us give them time, and let us support them when they are doing the right thing.  Additionally, we must remember that the effort and responsibility to combat corruption and abuse of power does not lie solely with MACC. It is our responsibility too. If they succeed, we succeed as a people and a country in fighting corruption”, concluded Wan Saiful.

The IDEAS petition aims to collect as many signatures as possible from the Malaysian public and will be delivered to MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad. To sign the petition visit https://www.change.org/p/sokong-sprm-perangi-rasuah   

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