I have been very vocal on the setting up of an Independent Commission to fight corruption, in my blog as well as in meetings. (just type ICAC in this blog ‘s search machine, and you will get more than 10 articles listed).
I have even drawn up a proposed organisation chart for an ICAC in one of my earlier post. ( As shown above).
Corruption is the evil of society; it not only adds cost to doing business, but more importantly, it corrupts the power that be , and once corruption becomes a culture, enforcement, governing and award of projects will become selective, in favour of those who pay. The whole system then revolves around money, and nothing works anymore without money.
So I welcome the setting up of the proposed Malaysian Anti Corruption Comission. Howewver imperfect it may be , the fact that even some BN legislators are not too happy about its wider power means that this could be a real improvement over the old ACA.
Malaysiakini quoted Nazri’s claim that that the setting up of a bi-partisan Special Committee on Corruption, among other mechanisms, is a reflection of the government’s determination to battle graft. Even Anwar was quoted by Malaysiakini to give conditional support.
It could have been even better if this MACC can have its own prosecution power and a prosecution department, so that it becomes truly free from outside meddling. ( as in my diagram above).
Much will now depend on the power that be whether this is going to be truly independent or whether this is just a cosmetic change over the old ACA.
We will have to wait and see..