LATHEEFA ALREADY PASSING THE BUCK? NOT UP TO US TO TAKE ACTION ON MPS WHO FAIL TO DECLARE ASSETS, SAYS MACC CHIEF

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya has advised opposition MPs to declare their assets following a motion passed in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday requiring all MPs to do so by Dec 5.

Some opposition MPs were reportedly against the motion and said they would have discussions first on whether or not they would be declaring their assets.

Latheefa said even if the opposition MPs did not declare their assets, it was not up to MACC to take action.

“If they don’t, it is up to the speaker how he wants to manage them and take action.

“MACC is just the guardian of asset declarations. We don’t have any power to take action. So we have to wait and see,” she told reporters after giving a talk on instilling an anti-corruption culture at Kelab Bangsar Utama in Kuala Lumpur this evening.

Yesterday, de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong said all 222 MPs had been given until Dec 5 to declare their assets and those of their spouses, adult children and trustees.

He said the declarations must be presented to the Dewan Rakyat speaker, with a copy forwarded to the MACC.

Reading the motion, which was passed in the Dewan Rakyat, he said this was in line with the principles of accountability and transparency.

The special motion making it mandatory for all MPs to declare their assets was approved on July 1.

Meanwhile, Latheefa said MACC may take action on those suspected of making false declarations, but added that they had not reached that stage yet.

“Right now, we’re just collecting the information. After that, we will manage and look at it.

“If we find out that during the course of the declarations, there’s a false declaration, of course we will take action.”

– FMT

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