The Malay Mail Online 11 December 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 ― Putrajaya should set up a new and independent body to effectively combat corruption in the country, local think tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) said today, adding that the existing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has shown it is struggling to carry out its job solo.

IDEAS chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said in a statement that he supports the recent proposal from MACC’s Special Committee on Corruption (JKMR) to create a service commission.

“However, following extensive research that we have done working together with other entities such as the Malaysian Bar, we believe that the JKMR’s call for the creation of an MACC Service Commission is insufficient and not strong enough to achieve what the JKMR wants and is needed,” he added.

As such, he said IDEAS along with Malaysian Bar and others proposed a constitutional body that is entirely independent from MACC.

“The creation of Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC), a constitutional body independent of the Executive branch. This is a superior set up compared to the JKMR’s proposed MACC Service Commission. The proposed IACC will have complete independence in all aspects from budgeting to hiring and policy-setting, as opposed to a mere Service Commission which is only responsible for personnel issues.”

He further said that they also suggested to separate the offices of the Attorney-General and Public Prosecutor to remove any possible conflict of interest.

Another way is to amend the MACC Act 2009 to expand their investigation power and legislation such as Official Secret Act to improve witness protection, Wan Saiful added.

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