Hornbill Unleashed

March 3, 2014

We go after the ‘sharks’ too, says MACC

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Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has said it again. “In our prime objective to eradicate corruption, we do not aim at just catching the small ‘fish’ but go after the ‘sharks’ too.”

In a statement to theantdaily, MACC director of strategic communication division Azmi Alias said various claims that the commission does not go after high-profile individuals and only investigates small fry are unfounded and such baseless allegations were made to discredit MACC.

Azmi said MACC had proven its independence by taking on high-profile graft cases involving former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo, the National Feedlot Centre (NFC), two ex-directors of Silver Bird, ex-CEO of Sime Darby Berhad, and a case involving an arbitrator.

On Feb 26, theantdaily published an article titled, “Malaysia, we have a problem, a serious graft problem” which highlighted various forms of corruption in the country.

In the report, we cited the Asia-Pacific Fraud Survey Report Series 2013 where Malaysia alongside China had the highest level of bribery and corruption.

The survey polled 681 executives in China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and South Korea and out of that number, many felt that China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam were the most corrupt.

We also emphasised the long-standing issue of money politics in the country’s political culture and corruption in the private and public sectors including money laundering in prisons.

In the statement, Azmi said: “We would like to highlight some points that indicate positive developments in the fight against corruption in Malaysia, which the MACC is spearheading.”

“Suggestions that Malaysia has failed in its fight against corruption are shocking and baseless, as even the United Nations Office for Drug and Crime (UNODC) has recognised Malaysia’s remarkable achievement in that arena.

“UNODC’s review report, which was launched in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 7, acknowledged the country’s 23 best practices in combating corruption.

“The report also praised our commitment towards implementing various steps and strategies to fight corruption, including the role of the Operation Review Panel (PPO).”

Azmi explained that the PPO is one of the five independent panels that monitor MACC’s role and function.

“UNODC reviewed various countries and in its report categorised Malaysia as one with high compliance,” he said.

UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia, Shervin Majlessi, was quoted as saying, “Importantly, reviewers also highlighted a number of successes and good practices in areas that Malaysian law has gone beyond the legal requirements of the convention, for instance on rebuttable presumption that a gratification has been corruptly received, or on absence of a statute of limitation for corruption cases.”

“But also some institutional arrangements, including the Operation Review Panel in MACC to deal with delays without interfering with prosecutors’ discretion, and institutional set-up of MACC, Malaysian Anti‐Corruption Academy (MACA) and specialised anti‐corruption courts, inter‐agency collaboration in some areas and some corruption prevention initiatives were highlighted as good practices.”

MACC also said that based on the 2013 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI), the country scored 50 and is now ranked at 53 out of 177 countries.

“Malaysia’s position shows that effort by the country’s anti-graft authority has been fruitful,” Azmi noted.

Stressing that MACC is committed to the war against graft, he conceded that this was not an easy process and the commission needed strong public support to get its job done.

MACC also took note of Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) president Datuk Akhbar Satar’s statement that “we are heading on the right track, but the government must work harder; there needs to be more high-profile cases, and the MACC needs to be more efficient.”

Azmi also said that in terms of “ease of doing business”, the International Finance Corporation-World Bank survey shows that Malaysia is at sixth place.

“People would not operate businesses at all in Malaysia if corruption is at a bad stage as claimed by certain quarters,” he said.

“News portal theantdaily.com should not disregard the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) 2013, which is based on a survey to gauge public opinion, experience and perception on corruption, including views on the government’s effort to fight corruption that was carried out between September 2012 and March 2013,” he added.

Azmi further said that Malaysia has also recorded a higher conviction rate in corruption-related arrests. Of the 701 arrests made in 2012, MACC achieved a conviction rate of 85 per cent, five per cent higher than the international benchmark for good performance.

“According to MACC’s 2012 report, conviction rate increased from 54 per cent in 2009, to 75 per cent in 2010 and 2011.

“Fines imposed amounted to RM14.5 million, and of the 401 cases brought to the lower courts, 85 per cent of the rulings were in favour of the prosecution.”

To date, the MACC has introduced more than 20 initiatives to improve its investigation process and strategies.

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18 Comments »

  1. The few big sharks investigated and charged were already rotting from the inside so were not much use for them and had to be put down. Most of the sharks which are in fact already rotten but being fixed depositors, they are left to swim without even a tiny bit of their fins clipped. They are being let off until they die of natural causes!

    What is happening is a process of Selective finning of rotting and rotten sharks!!!

    Comment by brian — March 3, 2014 @ 2:33 PM | Reply

  2. Can we imagine a toothless tiger with its tail between the legs while standing face to face with the monster sharks? In no time it will become a meal piece for the giants. Ha ha …no show at all.

    Comment by owl — March 3, 2014 @ 1:46 PM | Reply

  3. Nonsense. No shark in Malaysia. No Tun, Tan Sri, Pehin Sri and Datuk Seri was ever charged in Malaysia’s corruption court. Tan Sri Kasitah Gadam was once charged but finally cleared. Tuns, Tan Sris and Pehin Sris will continue with their ways because they will pass through the MACC net.

    Comment by mahadir — March 3, 2014 @ 1:21 PM | Reply

    • Just imagine who are the members of the panel for MACC. From Sarawak former State Secretaries.. If they themselves have abused the power and gained so much from ill gotten gains, how do we expect them to be transparent. MACC is only effective for . the small monkeys.

      Comment by Matten — March 4, 2014 @ 6:00 AM | Reply

  4. So far we only see a few ikan bilis, MACC.

    Comment by apai — March 3, 2014 @ 1:06 PM | Reply

  5. Some sharks has defence mechanism that they are untouchables. MACC is only self-appraising sama dengan syiok sendiri. It is a too familiar rhetoric spewing out from them to gain self-praising. They have been changing names to suit their agendas of the days akin to every new PM creating his own rhetoric to gain popularity. Popularity has been proven unable to minimise the suffering of the rakyat. Hard and diligent works are the solution to solve the dilemma of mismanagement of the nation.

    Comment by loyarburok — March 3, 2014 @ 12:24 PM | Reply

  6. MACC can also check or counter check with registrar of companies if Taib Mahmud has been listed as shareholder in several companies as allerged while holding the position of chief minister of Sarawak. And still MACC remains blind, deaf and dumb when the complaints about corruption and power abuse were made against BN thief ministers and ministers and their children and spouses.

    Comment by Mata Kuchng — March 3, 2014 @ 12:21 PM | Reply

  7. What specie of the SHARKS are you refering to ?

    Comment by sipaigong — March 3, 2014 @ 12:07 PM | Reply

    • Shark aka bilis……

      Comment by ikan bilis — March 3, 2014 @ 6:08 PM | Reply

  8. So much corruption has been made against the BN Government. If the BN Govt. is so corrupt has claimed by the Opposition party and it’s supporters since 1969. Malaysia would have been a bankrupt many times over but it has not happened. There are corruption in every country including USA, Great Britain, China, etc. Its a matter of relativity. Has it pauper the country concern. Malaysia is very far from. The Opposition always highlight borrowings as it’s barometer to accuse the BN Government of corruption and poor handling of its economy. If the increase in it’s borrowing to grow the economy, to me it is just like a corporate body increasing its borrowings to support the growth in its income , is alright and
    not abnormal.

    My proposal here is if the Opposition Parties is really sincere to eliminate corruption they should do the following:-

    1) To move a motion in parliament that:
    A) all political parties must published their annual audited financial statement for public scrutiny and accountability ;
    B) all income if political parties must come Only from its membership fees and income derived therefrom and
    C) any violation of these requirement, the political concern shall be punished from participating in any election for five terms as these are serious for betraying the trust of the people.

    Let Malaysia be a good example and the first democratic country to implement this in the world and be better over USA and Great Britain/ Australia.

    Comment by Abdul Murad bin Abdul Majid — March 3, 2014 @ 12:05 PM | Reply

  9. What had happened to those who had COMMITTED “suicide” in this Msia Cow Coy Office ? it looks like NOTHING had happens to those staffs that involved, but be careful– God is watching after your children, your children are going to PAY for ALL mistakes that had been committed by YOU…just watch out yar. Don’t cry later when you are in the aging period.

    Comment by tiuniamah — March 3, 2014 @ 11:45 AM | Reply

  10. But the biggest shark / crocodile ala TDM is still around and enjoying his ill-gotten wealth

    Comment by tigerykey — March 3, 2014 @ 11:36 AM | Reply

  11. MACC is just like a dog that protect it master.

    They are also like the Consultant who follows those who pay them with higher price (fees). We all know it and don’t try to bullshit well informed readers.

    Comment by Iban Niah — March 3, 2014 @ 11:05 AM | Reply

  12. Oh ye? After the big sharks? PDRM is infested with gangsters & corruption is rampant. The Great White Shark is in the Astana and MACC so despicable it doesnt take an Einstein to figure out why.

    The sharks in Malaysian waters are so rampant all the ikan kembung gone and now face extinction! Now the sharks grow legs and sit in MACC office.

    Malaysia’s CEO, Najib Razak so frightened his so-called reputation has gone he’s banned the Time magazine!.

    Whats there to say MACC? Si liaow!

    Comment by Former civil servant — March 3, 2014 @ 9:36 AM | Reply

  13. Unless MACC goes after the biggest sharks of them all such as Mahathir, Daim, Taib, Musa and Najib and investigates them thoroughly with no stones unturned, this toothless anti-corruption bureau is full of baloney. The well-informed Malaysians know BN’s full control over this entity means those above five ultra-corrupt crooks will never be brought to justice-a sad fact.

    Comment by Geronimo Miller — March 3, 2014 @ 7:45 AM | Reply

  14. My God, who believe this crap from MACC ?

    Comment by Rich — March 3, 2014 @ 1:41 AM | Reply

  15. Bullshit, toothless, useless and hopeless MACC!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — March 3, 2014 @ 12:33 AM | Reply

    • to this Msia Cow Coy, IKAN belis ===Sharks, this is Kangkungland lah, bodoh !

      Comment by tiuniamah — March 3, 2014 @ 11:40 AM | Reply


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