Ahmad Zahid: Malaysian Government Serious Fighting Corruption

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 – The Malaysian government is serious in fighting corruption and gelaja is evidenced by the increasing number of cases of conviction, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He said the conviction rate for cases by the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has increased from 54 percent in 2009 to 78 percent in 2014.

“In the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Malaysia’s ranking rose three places from 53rd position out of 175 countries in 2013 to 50th position in 2014. This was the second best position in ASEAN, after Singapore,” he said in a statement here on Friday.

These include the absence of legal restrictions that help prevent offenders to avoid prosecution, the establishment of 14 anti-corruption court in which the judge ordered a hearing within one year and can be held accountable for not complying with the directive.

It also includes insiatitf in the private sector to combat corruption more 142,000 have signed a corporate integrity pledge, said Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Minister of the Interior. He said this included high-level commitment to fight corruption at the international level where Malaysia has memerima commended for taking steps to expedite extradition procedures and simplify the requirements for obtaining evidence.

“In countries which have a high level of corruption, efforts to tackle poverty and promote development gelaja affected by this. The country’s poverty rate has been reduced from 3.8 per cent in 2009 to 0.6 percent in 2014,” he said, adding that such issues do not happen in Malaysia.

“Malaysia was ranked 18th out of 189 countries in the ease of doing business in 2015 while 1MD Yearbook 2015 ranked Malaysia the 14th of 61 countries in terms of competitiveness. We may not be able to achieve this result if gelaja corruption is not dealt with the full force of law,” he said.

Recognizing the International Anti-Corruption Conference theme (IACC) to the 16th of ‘Ending Immunity’, which is currently taking place in Putrajaya, the deputy prime minister said the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will be re-established at the next parliamentary session and the investigations carried out by the body the past will continue.

In the same time, he also said it was unfortunate for the heads of international non-governmental organization (NGO) came to Malaysia only to be deceived by claims does not feel recycled and deliberately involve themselves in the internal politics of the country.

“We are confident of winning the fight against corruption and continued reform to increase integrity and transparency in the public and private sectors. Those found violating the law will still be prosecuted. The Prime Minister has already stated this very clearly with let me reiterate that there will be no immunity,” he said.

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