- MCA central committee member Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said it is about time the MACC be taken out of the civil service
He said such a move, whereby the MACC will be answerable to Parliament, will help to regain people’s confidence in the agency by giving it more independence.
Ti pointed out that people had been getting more sceptical whenever the government was out to do something positive, and may have doubts that the proposal will materialise.
“People are not giving the benefit of doubt as they should, because there is a lot of negativity.
“But when we think about it, it is only fair that a time frame be given for the government to prove that it is moving towards transformation,” he said that.
The proposal was announced by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan.
Low was reported as saying that a special committee had been set up to look into it.
PKR Youth secretary and Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang said the opposition had in fact been pushing for the idea some time ago.
The opposition had seen the need for MACC to be an independent and accountable organisation in order to protect the public interest and prevent breaches of public trust, said Chang.
He cautioned that the proposal must not be a knee jerk reaction because of the recent Bersih 4 rally.
“We need to make sure it’s not just talk only, there should at least be a road map.”
Sungai Siput Member of Parliament Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) said there will be challenges because the process of democracy in the country breeds corruption.
“The problem is political corruption in the country, and we need to look at whole question of political funding.
“While it is important for MACC to be independent, the democratic process is expensive whereby even internal elections for political parties require hundreds of thousands if not millions of ringgit.”
Shah Alam lawmaker Khalid Samad said the MACC should not only report to Parliament so that it can monitor the agency’s performance of its functions and reports, but must be given the power to prosecute.
He said MACC could only prosecute if the Attorney General gives the green light.
“The MACC should also not be responsible to a government minister.
“This independence is essential for the public to have confidence that the MACC is not biased or subject to the dictates of the government of the day.”