Kuala Lumpur, 24 June 2016 — In spite of Tan Sri Abu Kassim Muhammed ending his tenure as the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the fight against corruption must continue, says the coalition on Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency (GIAT).
GIAT notes that Tan Sri Abu Kassim ending his leadership of the MACC is a great loss to the organisation and to Malaysians in general. He has been a very capable leader and was very open to having dialogues with the NGO community. This has been extremely appreciated by GIAT. We are heartened by the fact that Tan Sri will continue on as an officer in the MACC until his retirement in 2020 as it will ensure that the MACC can continue to benefit from his vast experience and expertise on anti-corruption related matters.
We urge that the fight against corruption in Malaysia remain strong. Under Tan Sri Abu Kassim’s watch, the MACC has shown to be increasingly persistent and steadfast in its anti-corruption efforts in spite of internal challenges as well as conflict with external parties. Whoever takes over must continue his work and be committed to making the MACC an effective institution that all Malaysians can be proud of.
We urge the Government of Malaysia to give the incoming Chief Commissioner security of tenure and for the MACC to be given complete independence. We cannot rely on the strength of an individual alone in the fight against corruption. We need to ensure that the next Chief Commissioner is able to act without fear or favour.
GIAT has been working with the MACC to promote reforms to the anti-corruption framework in Malaysia. This includes increasing the independence in the MACC by creating the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission, a constitutional body independent of the executive; amending related anti-corruption laws as well as separating the roles of the Attorney General from that of the Public Prosecutor.
This press statement is signed by the members of GIAT.
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The GIAT coalition is made up of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M), Sinar Project, Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and Friends of Kota Damansara (FoKD). It works towards curbing and eradicating corruption as well as strengthening anti-corruption institutions in the country.