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Low: “Agencies can probe any issue independently”

Low likens the recent Bersih 4 rally as a mini-Arab Spring, while also stating that each rally must have a proper purpose.

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PUTRAJAYA — September 2, 2015: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, police or Bank Negara may initiate a probe on anything without first obtaining the approval of the Cabinet or prime minister.

In saying this today, Minister in the PM’s Department Datuk Paul Low pointed out that the three bodies are independent as incorporated under their respective Act of Parliament.

“It’s within their Act to initiate investigation regardless of whether the prime minister agrees or not. Their investigation is not instructed by the prime minister or Cabinet,” he said in reply to a Kenyan parliamentarian at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference.

The parliamentarian had asked him about the investigation on 1Malaysia Development Berhad and whether it was ongoing.

Low said that as long as he was minister, he would ensure that the independence of the three bodies was protected.

He had earlier delivered a paper on the ‘Country Experience in Dealing with Governance and Corruption’.

Asked about the Bersih 4 rally last weekend, Low said the government was open to assemblies, but they have to be within the right purpose.

“If you want to have (a rally) against corruption, no problem. If it’s about injustice, again no problem. But the original purpose of Bersih 4 is they want
the prime minister to resign, a caretaker government and in one year they want a new election. It’s a mini-Arab Spring.

“Yes, you may be angry, but if you are calling for a dismantling of the government in power it’s different. That’s the reason the rally was disallowed,”
he said, adding that its timing and venue clashed with the the National Day celebrations.

The conference attended by about 1,000 representatives from 130 countries is being held for three days from today. — Bernama

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