Investigate more high profile corrupt politicians in Malaysia

Issued by The Malaysian Society for Transparency and Integrity (TI Malaysia)



The aggressive crackdown by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on graft in the public sector should be extended to corrupt high profile politicians. Investigation of politicians should be conducted in all aspects of anti-corruption legislation against those who live beyond their means and using anti-money laundering acts for money trail investigation. All this will deter others from being involved in corrupt practices.

As such, those who are involved in the corrupt practice should be brought to justice. On the political arena, the indicated that political parties were the most corrupt bodies in Malaysia, followed by the Police and the Civil Servants. Politicians were perceived the most corrupt by replacing the police who were in the previous year’s top spot.

The findings from the survey points to the fact that the public do not see politicians as individuals with integrity or as transparent and accountable as they should be. The politicians have been selected by the rakyat to serve them and not to betray the rakyat. However, there are many rakyat who are struggling to live and yet the corrupt politicians are living  beyond their means with lavish life-style and also owning luxurious homes in the Malaysia and overseas. The politicians who are also the policy maker who pass the law and legislation should not break the law. Politicians should lead by example to the people.

MACC statistics show that only two politicians were arrested out of 670 total arrests in 2015 and only two of them were arrested until October 2016. Most of these cases are likely not high profile cases as they were not published in the media.

In order to gain and increase the credibility and also to increase the public support and confidence, MACC must seriously eradicate corruption and strengthen its commitment to carrying out its investigation in a transparent and professional manner without fear or favour. They should not allow impunity when the investigations are being carried out. No one should be above the law.

Many are not aware that MACC does not have the power to initiate prosecution for offences of corrupt practices, they only have the power to investigate. It is not true that MACC has been selective in the prosecution especially those involving politicians. In Malaysia, only the Attorney-General (AG) can decide on the prosecution. Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution expressly states that the Attorney-General shall have power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a syariah court, a native court, or a court martial. Thus, the AG must be fair in making purely non-selective decisions, his role should be apolitical and no one should be able to doubt decisions made in the interest of the Nation. Judges should play a vital part by imposing maximum penalty to the accused once found guilty in efforts to prevent repeat offenders and also to send out a strong message to others not to indulge in corruption.

The MACC need support cooperation and involvement of public, impeccably honest and respectable politicians regardless of their political differences to boost the commission in its fighting against corruption effectively in this country. Let us support MACC to fight corruption in the country.


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