Thursday, 4 July 2013

CIMB Political News - 04 July 2013

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has a dismal record in combating corruption, says PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli. Rafizi said this after comparing the MACC’s record with its Hong Kong counterpart, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
  • He made the observation after receiving a written reply from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Paul Low on the agency’s record in fighting graft. Low had provided a comparison of the agency’s record with its Hong Kong counterpart.
  • Rafizi said based on statistics obtained from MACC's annual report in 2011, the commission only has a 20% hit rate when it comes to investigating complaints, which paled in comparison with ICAC's wjhich was 77%. What was worse, he said, was the percentage of the number of investigation papers that were opened against the number of reports received. "ICAC's percentage is 77% while MACC's is a shocking 20%."That means only one in five reports is investigated. So if you file a report with MACC, chances are it won't be investigated anyway. "The rate of successful convictions of MACC (68%) also pales in comparison to ICAC, which recorded 86%. (Malaysian Insider)

The two top posts in Umno need not be contested in the coming party election to avoid the members from being divided, said Umno Disciplinary Board chairman Tan Sri Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail. He said Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin were seen as the best combination to continue to steer the party and present government.
  • "There may be a split (among party members) if there is a contest. Thus, it is better for us to give our support to the (incumbent) president and deputy president," he said. (Bernama)

DAP Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang has welcomed Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz’s stand that the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Bill 2013 is unfair. The Bill proposes to allow the unilateral conversion of minors to Islam. Lim noted that the 1993 Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act provided that both parents’ consent were required when the bill was debated in Dewan Rakyat in May 1993. (Malaysianinsider)

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