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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
MACC revamp doesn’t need two-thirds parliamentary majority, says Pakatan, Bar chief
By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal and Mohd Farhan Darwis
February 28, 2012
Lim believed both BN and PR MPs could work together on this issue in the interest of the nation. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) does not need to
win two-thirds control of Parliament to improve the Malaysian
Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as such plans would not necessarily be
opposed by Pakatan Rakyat (PR), say its lawmakers.
Opposition lawmakers told The Malaysian Insider that any
steps to improve the efficiency and accountability of the anti-graft
body should be welcomed, and that they will be open to debating the
matter in Parliament at its next sitting.
Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said there should be no reason why
MPs “across the floor” would not vote in favour of amendments to the
Federal Constitution if it was done in the interest of the nation.
They were responding to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who pledged yesterday
to give more freedom to the MACC in the appointment of its officers if
BN wins two-thirds control of Parliament in the next general election.
Liew said there was no question of needing a two-thirds majority.
international secretary Liew Chin Tong rubbished the prime minister’s
remarks, saying that there should be a proper level of consultation with
opposition lawmakers on the matter.
“This is nonsense. In principle we agree on empowering the MACC for
the betterment of the public. There is no question on needing a
“In principle we agree, and think that the MACC should be placed
under the jurisdiction of Parliament, and not the Prime Minister’s
Office,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
The Bukit Bendera MP said that in any mature democracy where laws are
made, proper consultation on all levels needs to take place.
He said Najib was presumptuous to think PR lawmakers would not agree to some of the recommendations of the advisory panel.
“The opposition is happy to be consulted,” he added.
PAS central committee member Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa stressed that past
amendments to the purpose and function of the MACC had already
“empowered” the commission, and that the real problem was ensuring the
anti-graft body was free from “political interference.”
“You don’t need two thirds. Issue is not about strengthening, but
more of allowing autonomy to MACC to carry out its duties,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
“Pakatan Rakyat has agreed to reform measures for the MACC, based on proposals by the advisory panel,” the PAS leader added.
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar told The Malaysian Insider that Najib’s remarks were an admission that the MACC did not have enough clout to tackle corruption in the country.
Mujahid said the issue was more of giving the MACC the autonomy to carry out its duties.
people should reject this kind political motivation from a leader.
History has shown that when BN rules with a bigger majority, they are
not afraid to abuse their powers,” she said.
The Bar Council’s Lim pointed out that both BN and PR MPs had
demonstrated “some amount of maturity” with regards to the bipartisan
Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reforms.
“Thus there is no reason why this cannot equally be the case with
necessary and advantageous amendments to the Federal Constitution,” he
The lawyer however questioned Najib’s mention of a proposal to
elevate the status of the MACC chief commissioner to a standing equal to
the Attorney-General or Auditor-General, stating that both had
different limits to their jurisdiction.
“A question which arises from the PM’s statement is the meaning of
equal standing of the chief commissioner of MACC to the Honourable
Attorney-General and Auditor-General.
“The former has unfettered discretion to prosecute, making him
probably the most powerful man in Malaysia. Whilst the latter’s powers,
duties are prescribed the Audit Act 1957,” said the Bar Council