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Anwar Ibrahim : Perbahasan Akta Pencegahan Rasuah 2008

Posted on: December 15, 2008

Siaran Media Pejabat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
—Kuala Lumpur, 15 Disember 2008—

Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menyambut baik usaha untuk memerangi rasuah. Walaubagaimanpun beliau menegaskan penubuhan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia masih mempunyai kelemahan ketara kerana masih terikat dengan kuasa eksekutif terutamanya Perdana Menteri.

“Pakatan Rakyat akan sokong usul yang dibawa oleh Perdana Menteri itu dengan syarat pindaan memberikan Suruhanjaya lebih kebebasan termasuk kuasa pendakwaan,” demikian dinyatakan oleh Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu.

Datuk Seri Anwar menekankan bahawa menurut seksyen 5(1) dan seksyen 5(3), perlantikan Ketua Suruhanjaya dan Lembaga Penasihat Pencegahan Rasuah yang berasaskan seksyen 13(2)(a), masih di atas nasihat Perdana Menteri. Peruntukan ini membuktikan Suruhanjaya yang dimaksudkan masih belum bebas sepenuhnya dan dikhuatiri ianya terdedah kepada sebarang manipulasi eksekutif.

Berucap di Dewan Rakyat sebentar tadi, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah mengingatkan Dewan Yang Mulia akan kes-kes rasuah terdahulu, berprofail tinggi dan membabitkan orang-orang ternama. Namun apa yang dikesali ialah tiadanya tindakan tegas dari pihak yang berkuasa. Kita masih menunggu sebarang tindakan tegas diambil bagi kes-kes melibatkan wang Perwaja dan MAS.

Ketua Pembangkang juga menyarankan bagi memastikan Suruhanjaya tersebut bebas, ahli-ahlinya mestilah dilantik oleh Jawatankuasa Khas Parlimen agar calon yang paling layak sahaja dilantik, bukan sahaja dari segi teknikal tetapi juga bersih dari tuduhan dan celaan.

Pejabat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar gives MACC conditional backing
Beh Lih Yi | Dec 15, 08 12:21pm

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today gave conditional support to the proposed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Bill,  expressing several reservations on the proposal which is part of the prime minister’s reform agenda.

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Debating the MACC Bill in the Dewan Rakyat this morning, Anwar (PKR-Permatang Pauh) said he welcomes the initiative as it is better than the current system.

parliament pandikar amin anwar ibrahim lim kit siang dap pkr pc 121108 06However, he clarified that his support comes with several reservations, particularly because the MACC does not hold any prosecution power. He also argued that there is a need for clearer provisions to protect whistleblowers.

The MACC Bill was one of two Bills – dubbed as the ‘reform’ bills – tabled personally by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Parliament last week. The other is for the setting up of a Judicial Appointments Commission.

The proposed MACC will replace the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and expected to come into effect early next year.

The MACC has been hyped as the Malaysian version of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption, a highly-respected watchdog and role model for the region.

The MACC was announced by premier Abdullah a month after his ruling coalition Barisan Nasional’s disastrous showing in the March 8 general election.

He said the new commission would enhance transparency and public accountability, amidst public perceptions that corruption is prevalent in certain government agencies, especially the police force.

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