Political Funding Bill to be tabled


KUALA LUMPUR: The Political Funding Bill and the Bill on Establishment of an Ombudsman will likely be tabled in next month’s parliamentary meeting.

National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed said it was among the new laws and regulations mooted to complement initiatives to make Malaysia corruption-free.

“The Bill on Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission that has already been tabled is also likely be passed in the October meeting.

“We are also preparing draft guidelines on ‘recommendation letters’ from the office of lawmakers, ” he told reporters after delivering a keynote address at the Anti-Corruption and Integrity 2019 forum here yesterday.

Abu Kassim said many other Bills and directives were being reviewed to promote good governance and a high level of integrity to complement initiatives aimed at eradicating corruption.

He said a Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) had been set up to deliberate policy direction on matters related to the improvement of governance, integrity and anti-corruption measures.

The Prime Minister chairs the committee comprising his deputy, senior ministers representing all the component parties in the ruling coalition, secretaries-general of all the ministries, Chief Secretary to the Government, the Auditor-General, the Attorney General, as well as the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission chief.

The noose will also be tightened to hold companies and their management responsible if they fail to impose measures to check corruption within their respective organisations.

Abu Kassim said Section 17(A) of the MACC Act 2018 (Amendment) regarding corporate liability would be enforced next June.

“This law could be used to hold companies accountable if staff are involved in corrupt practices, whether with or without the companies’ knowledge, ” he said, adding that guidelines were also being drawn for corporate players to understand their roles and responsibilities in tackling corrupt practices.

In January, the Prime Minister said a new law on political funding was the top priority among 115 initiatives under the newly launched National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023.

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