|'Allow MACC to prosecute'|
|Friday, 29 June 2012 09:19am|
©The New Straits Times (Used by permission)
DETERMINED: Parliamentary committee chairman says it will continue to push the idea
THE Parliamentary Special Committee on Corruption will not back down on its proposal to give powers to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to prosecute corruption cases.
Its chairman, Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, said the committee had pushed the idea twice, but it had yet to get any result.
"We will not give up.
We will raise it again (to the government)," he told reporters after receiving the MACC 2011 Annual Report and the 2011 Anti-Corruption Advisory Board Review.
Also present were MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed and other members of the Parliamentary Special Committee on Corruption including Balik Pulau member of parliament Yusmadi Yusoff and Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw.
The proposal is to allow MACC to execute its duties effectively, including ensuring all corruption cases will be brought to court.
Asked why the government had rejected the idea, Radzi said other foreign anti-corruption agencies had managed to fight graft without the power to prosecute.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz was reported as having said there was a need for a system of checks and balances between investigation and prosecution.
Radzi also renewed the committee's call to stop any attempt to politicise corruption cases.
He said failure to do so would endanger the good work of MACC in fighting graft.
On the MACC 2011 report, Radzi said the committee would deliberate on it and it would later be given to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be tabled in Parliament.
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