74PC GRAFT CASES SET­TLED WITHIN A YEAR

Courts, MACC praised for quick re­solv­ing of cases

New Straits Times - - News -

AINA NASA

KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

ATO­TAL of 74.4 per cent of cor­rup­tion cases in the coun­try have been set­tled within a year of regis­tra­tion in court, high­light­ing the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in fight­ing cor­rup­tion.

The Na­tional Key Re­sults Area (NKRA) of Fight­ing Cor­rup­tion re­ported that the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) was at the fore­front to en­sure the cases were un­der­taken ef­fi­ciently.

The es­tab­lish­ment of 14 spe­cial cor­rup­tion courts for each state and the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory had al­lowed the Malaysian ju­di­ciary to hear and ad­ju­di­cate on the cases in a shorter time frame.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan told the New Straits Times the key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tor for solv­ing a cor­rup­tion case was one year, and the gov­ern­ment was happy with how the ef­fort was turn­ing out. “The real is­sue (in dis­pos­ing of cases) de­pends on the se­ri­ous­ness of the case.

“As we know, re­cently, many cases by the MACC are se­ri­ous and in­volve large sums of money.

“We do, how­ever, stick to the one-year mark to dis­pose of cases and judges are also ex­pected to clear the back­log and speed up hear­ings,” he said.

The re­port also high­lighted that 96.6 per cent of is­sues high­lighted in the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s Re­port 2014 Series 1-3 had been suc­cess­fully dealt with and re­solved within a year of be­ing tabled in the De­wan Rakyat.

In ad­di­tion, the sign­ing of the Cor­po­rate In­tegrity Pledge (CIP) by 800 com­pa­nies aims to steer com­pa­nies to­wards putting cor­rup­tion pre­ven­tion measures into place.

CIP and the Cor­po­rate In­tegrity Sys­tems Malaysia (CISM) frame­work have been taken up by many pri­vate com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in weed­ing out cor­rupt prac­tices within their or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Most of the com­pa­nies, the re­port men­tioned, had started im­ple­men­ta­tion measures, ex­cept for a frac­tion that were yet to im­ple­ment con­crete measures against cor­rup­tion, ei­ther treat­ing the CIP as more of an agree­ment-in-prin­ci­ple or due to the lack of knowl­edge in prac­tis­ing it.

In ad­di­tion to the CIP and CISM, this NKRA also re­gards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of politi­cal fi­nanc­ing reg­u­la­tions and guide­lines as its top pri­or­ity for 2017.

Fol­low­ing its es­tab­lish­ment in Au­gust 2015, last year the Na­tional Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee on Politi­cal Fund­ing an­nounced 32 rec­om­men­da­tions en­com­pass­ing three main ar­eas — the im­ple­men­ta­tion process of the re­form, the need for the new law and its con­tent, and wider and longert­erm is­sues.

Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan

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