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JOHOR BARU, June 26 — PKR’s Pasir Gudang lawmaker Hassan Abdul Karim today suggested that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) annual report be presented directly to Parliament for debate. He said that the usual practice that MACC’s annual report be presented first to the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board is no longer relevant. Hassan, who is also a Special Committee on Corruption under the MACC member, explained that the practice of submitting reports to the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board and the Special Committee on Corruption before being sent to the prime minister to be presented in Parliament needs to be changed.

The seasoned Johor politician questioned the process and pointed out that even the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) annual reports and Auditor-General’s reports are presented and debated in Parliament. “This convoluted process is like going from one roundabout to another roundabout, causing the original MACC report not to reach Parliament. “The current practice needs to be overhauled or reformed,” he said in a statement today.

Hassan said that the MACC report should be directly brought to the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara to be presented and debated in an effort to overcome corruption. The activist-lawyer proposed that after the MACC report was presented and debated in Parliament, the three monitoring panels formed under the MACC Act 2009 needed to do a detailed and comprehensive follow-up. This ultimately enables the Special Committee on Corruption to submit a report to the prime minister. “At the same time, it also fulfils its function under Section 14(1)(a) of the MACC Act 2009, which is to advise the prime minister on any aspect of corruption in Malaysia,” he said.

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