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by christine cheahthestar.com.my
Need for support: Abu Kassim (right) speaking during a forum at the Malaysian Student Leaders Summit in Kuala Lumpur as Akhbar (left) and Rafizi look on.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is like an “injured tiger” that needs strong public support in its fight against corruption, said its chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
“Give us your support for it is only with a strong public support that even a corrupt politician will be afraid,” he said to 740 students on the first day of the Malaysian Student Leaders Summit here yesterday. The summit, an annual two-day conference, brings student leaders together to discuss key issues affecting the nation.
In its seventh year, the theme for this year is “Tomorrow Through The Eyes Of Yesterday”. It is organised by the United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students.
At the event, Abu Kassim was speaking at a forum entitled “MACC: Is It A Toothless Tiger?” with Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli and Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) president Datuk Akhbar Satar.
Abu Kassim explained that the challenges faced by the commission was due to restrictions and loopholes in the MACC Act 2009.
“We need to be an independent body. Many times, we can’t respond to the public when we come under fire,” he said.
The MACC had planned to amend the Act, a proposal being to give it power to compel anyone to declare their assets without the need to prove corruption.
Rafizi said Pakatan agreed to the proposal, adding that while the coalition might appear vocal against the commission, the grouping understood that it was a “chained tiger”.
“It is our job – and yours – to set the tiger free,” he said.
In response to the commission facing restrictions from the Government in hiring employees, Rafizi then offered his services as a qualified accountant – free of charge.
“I believe many Malaysians would do the same,” said Rafizi.
“What we need to know is how many allegations have been made about civil servants and how many, which were sent to the Attorney-General, have been classified as ‘no further action should be taken’,” he added.
Akhbar hoped more would come forward in court as witnesses.
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