KUALA LUMPUR — Sept. 4, 2018: The Malaysia Corruption Watch (MCW) has proposed that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) be placed under the purview of Parliament to ensure that the country’s judicial system is spared from abuse of power.
This is because so long as the AGC is under the Prime Minister’s Department, the allegation and perception that the AGC has failed to be fair or had been instructed to do something will continue to persist.
According to MCW president Jais Abdul Karim, the appointment of an attorney-general chosen by the ruling government also opens the door to more criticisms.
“Last July, nine agencies including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Election Commission and the National Audit Department were placed under the purview of Parliament. The AGC should have been included.
“The sttorney-general should be selected among Parliamentarians and with the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” Jais said in a statement today.
Yesterday, the Penang High Court freed Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon from corruption charges.
The court made the decision after being informed that the prosecution had received representations from both the accused and after a scrutiny, decided to withdraw the charges.
MCW also proposes that the government separate the Solicitor-General’s Office from the AGC. With the separation, the AG will only act as the adviser to the government while the solicitor-general makes the decision on prosecution.
Yesterday, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar tweeted that the MACC should be vested with the power to prosecute. — Bernama