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Plans for MACC to report to Parliament being studied

The MACC is an agency adhering to the terms of the civil service and is placed under the PM's Department.

The MACC is an agency adhering to the terms of the civil service and is placed under the PM's Department.

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PUTRAJAYA — September 2, 2015: Plans are being considered to take the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) out of the civil service and Prime Minister’s Department and make it answerable to Parliament.

Minister in the PM’s Department Datuk Paul Low said today that a committee had been set up to look into the plans.

“Making the MACC a separate service will require an amendment to the constitution for which two-thirds majority support in Parliament is necessary,” Low said after opening the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) 2015 here.

Earlier, when addressing the conference Low said that the MACC would be made a separate service commission to allow it to improve the capacity and professionalism of its staff and to have control over its employment terms and
conditions.

He also said that the appointment and tenure of the chief commissioner must be made more secure.

Another plan being considered is for the office of the auditor-general to report to a bi-partisan special Parliamentary committee and for its power and scope of audit to be widened.

“Malaysia is committed to protecting the sanctity and independence of its public institutions and we are currently in the process of strengthening the MACC and the Auditor-General’s office,” he said.

Low, formerly president of Transparency International-Malaysia, reaffirmed his commitment to protecting the MACC from any intervention.

“I am not a politician, I will do what I promised,” he said.

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

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