SHAH ALAM, Jan 13 — #RasuahBusters Team Leader Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub said the investigation into allegations of misconduct against Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki should not be the main issue.
He said, instead, Malaysians need to look at the bottom line which is the hollowness in individual and institutional value systems.
Hussamuddin who is also Karangkraf Media Group chairman said it was the right time for people’s transformation and reformations of the value system to produce politicians with high standards of morality.
He said #RasuahBusters submitted six #MalaysiaTanpaRasuah (Malaysia without corruption) demands which include its pledge to fully support the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) as well as urging to expedite the tabling and implementation of the Political Funding Act.
Besides that, he said the group also demanded that the independence and transparency of institutions including the MACC and the Attorney General’s Chambers should be ensured, the introduction of a Recall Election as an immediate alternative to the Anti-Hopping Act, the implementation of Undi18 and Parliamentary reforms.
Hussamuddin said this at the #RasuahBusters press conference here today.
Also present were representatives from BERSIH 2.0, Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM), Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Centre), Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M), Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and Undi18.
IDEAS Chief Executive Officer Tricia Yeoh said the MACC’s structural transformation was important to ensure its independence from the executive and political influences.
“Public confidence is very low and there is a need for proper procedures or processes from institutions such as the MACC when faced with allegations (involving its personnel) whether they need to be rested (from their duties) or not,” she said.
#RasuahBusters Secretariat Chief Nurhayati Nordin said investigative journalism was important despite the dangers and needed to involve changes in the Constitution regarding the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency