On the 55th anniversary of MACC, the chief said – need to be active to eliminate corruption

Tan Shree Azam Baki said that whoever heads the commission should look into such matters which may harm and affect the society from various aspects like economic and socio-cultural. – Bernama photo

Saturday, October 01, 2022 7:34 am

Putrajaya, October 1 – Prevention, enforcement and education are among the high-impact focus that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) aims to always be proactive in fighting corruption over the next five years.

Its Chief Commissioner, Tan Sri Azam Baki, said that whoever heads the commission should look into such matters which may harm and affect the society from various aspects like economic and socio-cultural.

“MACC must play a role in prevention, enforcement and education so that its actions are more effective. In terms of enforcement, existing technology needs improvement.

“There is a need to improve the upliftment and knowledge of the employees. We cannot lag behind in technology, development or the modus operandi of criminals,” he told reporters in an interview on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of MACC today.

He said several things have to be looked into for MACC to be intimidated and become a respected anti-corruption body.

Azam said that in the next five years, there will be changes in technology, which will further refine the corruption cases.

“Even now, bribes are being paid using cryptocurrency. It is difficult to trace… I have to admit it. MACC and Bank Negara are still looking for ways to trace bribe payments through the virtual world are doing.

“As such, containment activities need to keep pace with changing times and technology,” he said.

On a move to introduce anti-corruption curriculum in educational institutions, Azam said that the curriculum may not be suitable now in the next five years and it needs to be updated to reject corruption and mold a hating society.

“It is probably relevant now. But in future with changes in people’s thinking, technology etc., we all will also think differently, generation Y will think differently. So we need to unite with them.

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“That’s why we have to always be young, keep up with the times. I may be 59 years old, but I also have to think like a young man.”

Meanwhile, on the proposal to give the power to prosecute the chief commissioner of MACC, Azam said the role was not necessary.

“Our duty is to investigate and bring the investigation papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). The AGC will decide. They will try the case in court and let the judge decide the case.” – burnma

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