Move to regulate conduct of ACA officers during probes


  • Nation
  • Monday, 15 Dec 2003

KUALA KLAWANG: Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) officers are reminded that their job is to eradicate corrupt practices and not to stamp their authority on anyone. 

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said amendments to the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 were being looked into concerning the conduct of officers carrying out the investigations and the problems arising from it. 

“For example, if the officers were to break into an office and demand to see the chief clerk, then such an act is not appropriate. 

“They must be professional in carrying out their duties and responsibilities by not inflicting shame on the individual under investigation. 

“They must always bear in mind that their job is to eradicate corrupt practices and not to display their prowess,” he told reporters at a Hari Raya gathering for senior citizens here on Saturday. 

Dr Rais said Section 60 of the Act would be amended to put a timeframe for the ACA to reveal the status of investigations 

 

He said that while it was true that under Section 21(4), the investigating officer could not reveal the findings of the investigation, there was no law to prevent the public from knowing the status of the case. 

 

He said the Government felt that it was time to use Section 60 to make the agency’s work more effective in meeting the requirements under the law. 

 

Dr Rais said whilst the move by the agency to investigate other government agencies such as Felcra Berhad and Risda was commendable, its officers should not have waited for an order by the authorities. 

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