‘MACC needs a total revamp’

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 23 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 should be reviewed as they were currently advisory in nature.

Proham chairman Tan Sri Simon Sipaun stressed on the need for a highly-regarded, professional enforcement team.

“MACC must undertake a major community exercise to win public confidence by ensuring they practise professional standards and are publically accountable,” said Sipaun in a statement yesterday.

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.

It recommended that the findings on MACC investigation and interrogation methods be reviewed and revised immediately.

Proham also suggested that MACC and other enforcement agencies based their conduct on an understanding of human rights and fundamental liberties.

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

It stressed that MACC should be held responsible for driving Teoh to suicide while in its custody and urged immediate action from the Government.

Puteri Umno head Datuk Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin urged the Government to not agree to the setting up of commissions related to the death in future as the RCI report served as a closure.

Meanwhile in Alor Setar, Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the MACC's interrogation methods should be reviewed to restore public faith in the commission.

He said the MACC had three suitable committees that could conduct such a review based on the RCI report on Teoh.

“The committees Operational Review Panel, Complaints Committee and Special Parliamentary Committee could study the report and make the necessary suggestions.”

In Penang, Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the RCI's finding was akin to “murdering Teoh Beng Hock twice”.

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