Report on separation of powers between Public Prosecutor's Office and AGC being finalised, says Takiyuddin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney General's Chamber (AGC) is finalising a report on the move to carry out separation of powers between the Public Prosecutor's Office and the AGC, says Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the report will also include suggestions to amend Article 145 of the Federal Constitution and will be presented to the Cabinet by the end of 2020.

"I have also received the latest update that a meeting was held today (Thursday, Nov 5) between the Attorney General, Solicitor General, Solicitor General II and the head of public prosecution at the AGC to finalise the Cabinet meeting memorandum.

"The matter will then be brought to the Cabinet by the end of this year so this shows that we are rather serious in implementing this move," he said in reply to Khalid Abd Samad (PH-Shah Alam) who asked if the government had any plans to amend Article 145 of the Federal Constitution to separate the powers and functions of the Public Prosecutor from the Attorney General's office to ensure a more transparent prosecution power in the Malaysian justice system.

Takiyuddin said the initiative to separate the powers was one of the strategies under the 11th Malaysia Plan as well as the National Anti-Corruption Plan.

He said the previous Pakatan Harapan administration had given the "excuse" that the move to carry out the separation of powers between the Public Prosecutor's Office and the AGC had to be postponed as it requires an amendment to the Federal Constitution.

"At that time, they did not have two-thirds (representation in the House) but back then, Muar MP (former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman) had managed to convince both blocs in the Dewan Rakyat to support the amendment to lower the voting age to 18.

"That was supported by everyone so if this initiative (to separate the powers between the Public Prosecutor's Office and the AGC), then it can be done as well," said Takiyuddin.

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