DAP sets up anti-graft team

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  • Thursday, 24 Apr 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP has set up a graft-busting team for the public to channel complaints of corruption in the government.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, who is part of the seven-member team, said it wanted the public to come forward with complaints of graft in the Federal and state governments.

“This applies to both the past and new governments. If something is wrong with the Pakatan Rakyat government we want it brought up too so that the black sheep are weeded out,” he said yesterday.

If somethingis wrongwith thePakatanRakyatgovernmentwe want it broughtup too so that theblack sheep areweeded out...TONY PUA

Pua stressed that all complaints of graft should be supported by evidence.

“If it is not backed by proof, we can’t do much,” he added.

Also in the team are Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo and Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San.

Pua said the graft-busting team – which can be reached at graftbuster@gmail.com – was another channel for the public to voice their complaints.

He believed some people were reluctant to go to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) as they were afraid that their identities would not be protected and that their cases would be thrown out.

He added that the DAP anti-graft team would work with the ACA to fight corruption.

Should the anti-graft team receive a complaint supported by sufficient evidence, he said, it would take it up with the ACA; and if the ACA did nothing it would be brought up in Parliament.

“Maybe we will even do it concurrently,” he said, adding that the team would ensure that the whistleblower's identity was protected.

On the proposed Malaysian Commission on Anti-Corruption which would replace the ACA, Pua said it was still unclear whether it would be truly independent or remain under the Prime Minister’s Department.

“We want more clarity on that. We would be very happy to work with the commission, but it has to prove itself first, and ensure that whistleblowers would not face action,” he said.

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