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Published: Thursday January 19, 2012 MYT 1:06:00 PM
Updated: Thursday January 19, 2012 MYT 5:03:45 PM

Nazri: Cabinet ministers, kin not duty bound to declare assets to MACC

PUTRAJAYA: Cabinet ministers and their family members should not be subjected to rigorous requirements like declaring their assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said.

"Members of the Cabinet and their spouses are not duty bound to declare their assets to the MACC. We should only do (declare) it to the PM," he said here Thursday.

"The MACC's task is only to investigate if there is any irregularity ... that's all," the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department added.

Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, however, welcomed the MACC proposal.

"We do not have a problem with that. All cabinet members must declare their assets to the Prime Minister and we fully support the call by MACC," he told reporters at the ministry's monthly meeting Thursday.

On Wednesday, the MACC had said that it wanted a copy of the declaration of assets of Cabinet members and their spouses and other family members submitted to the Prime Minister.

MACC advisory panel chairman Puan Sri Zaitun Zawiyah Puteh had said the commission forwarded the proposal to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a meeting last Dec 12 and he seemed receptive to the idea.

Nazri would not comment whether the MACC was jumping the gun on the matter when the Prime Minister had not made any decision.

"That has to be discussed by the Cabinet.

"The MACC (proposal) is echoing the public call. Their involvement is only when they discover irregularity in the normal daily business," he said.

Nazri said he also did not think the proposal would benefit the Cabinet members as well as politicians although it was said to be a way to enhance the integrity of the federal administration and elected representatives.

"As politicians, we know our integrity is very important and when we go for election, we certainly must take care of our reputation.

"Whether the move will do good to the politicians ... I don't think so because we don't want to be involved in corruption.

"Why must you see every politician wanting to be involved in corruption?"

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