KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 2012 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) need not take 10 years to prove its effectiveness in tackling corruption, said a member of the Special Committee on Corruption, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahalan.
He said, as a reference, the most famous corruption prevention body in the world, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in Hong Kong needed 10 years to prove their success and effectiveness.
"I feel we need not take that long to make MACC an effective anti-corruption agency. The people need only give moral support to MACC now," he said in his latest blog entry.
Abdul Rahman, who was appointed for a second term as a member of the committee, said during the first term, he had gleaned many experiences and knowledge on the running of MACC and the phenomenon of corruption in the country.
Among other proposals under the attention of the government were to give the power of prosecution to MACC without having to go through the Attorney-General and placing it under Parliament and not the Prime Minister's Department.
He said, in order to give the power of prosecution to MACC an amendment to the constitution was required which would need the votes of two-thirds of the Members of Parliament.
"Actually, I am quite worried with the proposal because although it looks good in not requiring the green light from the Attorney-General, however, it is against the policy of separation of functions to investigate and to charge as in the legal system where police investigate, the Attorney-General charges and the judiciary judges," he said.
He said, abuse could take place if an agency had the power to investigate and charge, because of the lack of check-and-balance.
Abdul Rahman was also not so convinced that placing the MACC under Parliament was the best way to strengthen the MACC, on the basis that members of Parliament and State Assemblies would vote as directed by their respective parties.