MACC revamp vital for public confidence, says Proham

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  • Friday, 22 Jul 2011

PETALING JAYA: A total revamp of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) structure and operations is vital to restore public confidence, said the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham).

It said the roles of the MACC advisory board and its complaints committee must be reviewed as they were currently only advisory in nature.

Proham chairman Tan Sri Simon Sipaun stressed the necessity for a professional enforcement team that was highly regarded by society.

“MACC must undertake a major community exercise to win the confidence of the general public by ensuring they practice professional standards and are publically accountable,” said Sipaun and other Proham committee members in a statement Friday.

Proham welcomed the early release of the Royal Commission of Inquiry's (RCI) report into the death of Teoh Beng Hock, calling it illustrative of the Government's promise of transparency.

They recommended that its findings on MACC investigation and interrogation methods be reviewed, revised and implemented immediately.

They also suggested MACC and other enforcement agencies base their conduct on an understanding of human rights and fundamental liberties.

The Proham committee also advocated that MACC follow international procedures, guidelines and standards in its enforcement work.

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