PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be given more power to appoint and sack MACC members if the Barisan Nasional gets a two-thirds majority in the coming general election.
He added that the government is studying the proposal for the status of the post of chief commissioner of the MACC to be based on the Federal Constitution, just like the posts of Attorney-General, Auditor-General and court judge.
He said this was to ensure the independence and transparency of the commission.
He said he also agreed with the view of the MACC advisory board for an anti-corruption service commission with the power to appoint and sack members of the MACC be set up to see to the real independence of the body.
"But this requires the Federal Constitution to be amended. God willing, if Barisan Nasional is given the mandate of a two-thirds majority in the coming general election, appropriate amendments will be made to the constitution and the anti-corruption service commission will be formed," he said when opening a programme for commissioned integrity officers at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre today.
He said currently, the process of appointing and sacking MACC officers was made through the Public Service Commission, but with the establishment of an anti-corruption service commission, it could itself screen, interview, appoint and terminate the service of MACC personnel.
Najib said the MACC required a special body to select personnel based on quality and credibility to carry out work which needed certain expertise.
He said if this proposal could be implemented, many professionals in the country who wished to serve MACC could do so more easily and efficiently.
On carrying out of tasks, Najib said he understood and viewed seriously the constraints and inadequacies faced by MACC, especially with regard to manpower and budget, and these matters were also raised by the MACC advisory board at their meeting with him.
He said that in 2008, the then Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) had 1,840 personnel and when MACC was set up, the number was in fact less and was at 1,805 as of July last year.
Najib said with limited manpower, MACC could not possibly perform effectively.
"Based on this justification, I agreed to an additional 150 appointments each year until the number reaches 5,000. The yearly addition of 150 is made as the process of appointing officers for MACC is different from that of other government officers as they need certain type of training and expertise."
Najib said the patterns of corruption had become increasingly complex and global today, cutting across boundaries, thus requiring MACC to hire professionals and experts in various fields to check the crime.
He said among the identified fields requiring a high level of professionalism and expertise were forensic accounting, engineering, communications, information technology and law.
On the programme for integrity officers, Najib said it was a measure to ensure effective public service delivery through a form of monitoring of an organisation's internal affairs, thus enhancing transparency.
This programme was drawn up to produce qualified integrity officers entrusted with the role of planning, implementing and monitoring the effectiveness of integrity programmes at their respective ministries, departments and agencies, he said.
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