PETALING JAYA: A special session was organised on Thursday (Oct 7) with various MPs to discuss the creation of a third Deputy Speaker post and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said he was involved in the engagement with the MPs at Parliament.
"At the session, we discussed the MA63 and Article 57 of the Federal Constitution, which allows for the creation of a third Deputy Speaker.
"The session was held with the objective of explaining the importance of taking this initiative," Wan Junaidi said.
On another matter, he also said the Government remained committed to combating corruption and fostering good governance through the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
"On the enforcement aspect, MACC will focus on issues such as embezzlement, issues of public interest and national security, while also constantly updating its investigation techniques.
"MACC also has to foster cooperation with other government and private agencies to ensure corruption is handled at all levels in a more comprehensive manner.
"On education, MACC emphasises efforts to improve public awareness of the importance of working with it in the fight against corruption.
"Fighting corruption cannot be left to the MACC alone," he said in wrapping up his ministerial replies on the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (Oct 7).
He said the 2019-2023 National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP), which was introduced in Jan 2019, put the responsibility on the MACC to lead 11 of its initiatives.
"Among the initiatives introduced to strengthen enforcement agencies was to strengthen MACC, especially in the appointments of Chief Commissioners, funding, oversight committees, as well as the implementation of a service and manpower committee.
"There were also other initiatives introduced to enhance legislation for enforcement agencies," he said, adding that an ongoing effort was adding new provisions to the MACC Act 2009 (Act 694) in relation to the creation of new offences.
He said that among them was the misconduct of civil servants that caused leakages and loss of Government funds intentionally (MIPO - Misconduct in Public Office).
Wan Junaidi said another effort was inserting new provisions into the same Act related to offences by a commercial organisation or an individual in the sale of Government projects/ tenders to another party for benefit without implementing the project/tender (BO - Beneficial Ownership).