Rais Yatim to moot plans to bring MACC under the purview of Parliament


  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Sep 2021

PETALING JAYA: Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Rais Yatim (pic) will bring suggestions to the government for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to be placed directly under the purview of the Parliament so that it is more independent and neutral.

Rais, who is also the chairman of the Special Committee on Corruption said that the committee was informed by the MACC that preparations and suggestions were being made to place the anti-graft body under the purview of the Parliament directly.

"They are now also doing homework to spruce up the law pertaining to their status as a commission; the staffing of the MACC now comes under the Public Services Department (JPA).

"So to come under them directly they need to create a commission under the Constitution.

"When that is done they prefer that jurisdictionally the MACC is to be under a non-partisan entity. So Parliament is their choice. I heard that and I said that would be a good overture and my committee is prepared to support the view as entrusted under Section 14 of the MACC Act," he said during a press conference at the MACC headquarters on Friday (Aug 3).

Rais was appointed as the chairman of the special committee on July 15 for a period of three years.

He said that if the MACC was exposed to the executive, the commission could be influenced by politics and other elements that could not be controlled.

"The suggestions for the commission to be placed under parliament have been made. On behalf of the committee, I will look into these suggestions and present them to the government in the form of advice from the point of the Constitution," he said.

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