KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is discussing with various parties to gather input on the proposal to establish the Anti-Corruption Officers Services Commission and appointment of the chief commissioner. Chairman of the Select Committee on Corruption, Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang said the discussion was necessary as adopting it would involve amendments to the MACC Act 2009, the Federal Constitution, the laws and service regulation. “We must hold a series of meetings to get support, explain it to the people, statutory bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and members of parliament. “We do not want to hear dissenting views from the opposition when it (amendment bill) is tabled in parliament,” he told a press conference at his office in parliament house, here today.
The proposal was important as it reflects the government’s seriousness in making the MACC independent, transparent and effective in fighting corruption. Abu Zahar said the MACC chief commissioner’s post should be upgraded to be on par with important posts such as the Attorney General and the Auditor General. In this regard, the appointment of the MACC chief commissioner should be provided for under the Federal Constitution and not under the MACC Act 2009. “The purpose (the proposed amendment) is to set up an independent and neutral body that is more professional and has no interest other than to fight corruption at all levels, regardless whether in the public or private sector.” The new body would be responsible for the appointment, confirmation and promotion of the MACC staff. Abu Zahar said the discussion yesterday involved community representatives and NGOs and would be held on a continuous basis.