PEMANDU TO PUSH FOR MORE REDICAL REFORMS IN COMBATING CORRUPTION IN MALAYSIA

12 Jul 2013 11:19

PUTRAJAYA, July 10 (Bernama) - The Performance Management and Delivery Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department (Pemandu) will push for more radical reforms under the Anti-Corruption National Key Result Area (NKRA) to combat corruption in Malaysia.

Director of Anti-Corruption NKRA of Pemandu, Ravindran Devagunam said Pemandu acknowledged the results of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) released by Transparency International and take this on as a further impetus to push for more reform.

“The survey clearly shows that what we have done is not enough. We need to intensify efforts and continue to push for improvements across the social, political and business arenas,” he said in a statement here today.

The GCB survey was conducted in more than 100 countries and found that more than half surveyed globally believed corruption had worsened over the past two years. The survey sample in each country is approximately 1,000 people and allows for disaggregation of data by gender, income, age group, urban or rural residence.

In the GCB survey released yesterday, 87 percent of Malaysians agree that ordinary people a make a difference in the fight against corruption.

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Ravindran said the survey showed that an overwhelming percentage of the public are willing to cooperate in eradicating corruption.

“With a strong coalition and proper engagement, we will be able to create public pressure for the necessary changes to happen.

“We have now intensified our efforts to engage with several NGOs and professional bodies and we have started building coalitions with ministries and Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to monitor expenditure and good governance,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ravindran said Anti-Corruption NKRA’s Political Financing framework would play a bigger role in tackling the issue of political corruption following the GCB findings that identified political parties and public officials including Parliamentarian as most corrupted.

“Amendments will be made to the Societies Act of 1966 with the aim of preventing internal leakage of funds within political parties. The Registrar of Societies would make the amendments by end of the year to ensure better transparency in the way political funds are managed,” he said.

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Besides members of the Cabinet, Ministers are currently required to declare their assets to the Prime Minister as well as to the MACC.

Ravindran said Special Officers to the Ministers would declare their assets to their respective minister as well as to MACC starting this year.

“By doing this, we hope to prevent opportunities for misconduct to occur not only with members of the Cabinet but the people who work for them as well,” he said.

To increased transparency and accountability by ministries, Ravindran said the Auditor-General’s Performance Audit Report would be tabled at every Parliament sitting instead of just once a year.

“Better access of the report and the various actions taken by individual ministries will be made available online as a monitoring dashboard. We hope the Performance Audit Report will get tabled either at this sitting of Parliament or at least, at the next sitting,” he said.

To address corruption in the private sector, Ravindran said the Corporate Integrity Pledge was launched in 2011 has since started to bear results this year following the spate arrests of several corporate figures including a senior arbitrator and a Petronas employee.

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He said the initiative would be further strengthened with the amendment of the MACC Act to include a provision on Corporate Liability.

“This will ensure that Corporations take responsibility for the corrupt acts conducted by the employees on behalf of the company,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ravindran said the appointment of Datuk Paul Low as Minister of Governance and Integrity in the cabinet line-up is a clear manifestation of the Prime Minister’s commitment towards fighting corruption.

“With Low leading the coalition across ministries, NGOs, professional bodies and business and the Rakyat at large, we believed that the war on corruption will intensify, bringing about radical changes and deliver greater results,” he said.

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