Families of top brass should not bid for gov’t contracts, says MACC panel

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Family members of Federal and state government top brass should be barred from bidding on government contracts, said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel (CCPP).

They also said top brass should be prevented from influencing applications from their family members for government contracts.

"This can help avoid conflict of interests as well as plug loopholes and opportunities that could lead to corruption.

"It will also allay public perception that those who walk in the corridors of power could influence government decision-making," said CCPPchairman Datuk Johan Jaaffar in a statement Tuesday.

He said the panel also proposed that MPs and state assemblymen make a mandatory declaration of their assets to the MACC at least once in three years.

This will help reinforce their commitment in the fight against corruption and clear doubts about their assets during their term as elected representatives, he said.

Johan said the CCPP had also proposed imposing a one-year cooling-off period on top civil servants after they retire before they can enter professional practice or hold top posts in the corporate sector. Meanwhile, the panel welcomed the appointment of Transparency International Malaysia president Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department responsible for weeding out corruption. - Bernama

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