Proposed Melcat would be empowered to summon CM, excos for questioning

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Oct 2018

MELAKA: The proposed Melaka Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Melcat) committee would have the power to summon the Chief Minister for questioning by the independent panel.

The driving force behind the six-member panel, Duyong assemblyman Damain Yeo Sheng Li, said Melcat would have the power to order the Chief Minister and state executive councillors to answer any allegations before the panel.

The committee would be able to do this once the motion to set up Melcat is tabled and passed at the state legislative assembly proceedings next month.

“It depends on the gravity of the case, if the allegation against the Chief Minister is serious, we could summon him for questioning before the panel.

"However, Melcat committee is not empowered to arrest someone and findings would be tabled at the state legislative assembly for further
action,” he said when interviewed on Tuesday (Oct 23).

Yeo said the committee would also its forward its findings to the police,Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and relevant departments for follow-up action.

He said the panel would also consist two Umno assemblymen.

Yeo said Melcat could scrutinise not only the Chief Minister, excos, government-linked CEOs, directors of state agencies and subsidiary companies to ensure the integrity and transparency of the state administration.

“Enquiries would be made public and anyone could attend the questioning sessions. The state also has plans to screen the proceedings live on social media once there are sufficient funds to do so,” he said.

Yeo said a mechanism would be made available for the public to lodge complaints in relation to the governance and integrity matters involving the state government.

He stressed that Melcat has a monitoring mechanism that is different from Penang’s  CAT (Competency, Accountability and Transparency) and

Selcat (Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency) in Selangor.

“For, instance CAT is placed directly under the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) while Melcat comes under the purview of state legislative assembly,” he said.

Yeo added Melcat is a hybrid of CAT and Selcat and was augmented based on the current social and political landscape.

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