That is the infamous proverb. Persons in the inner circle of the powers that may be must not only be clean but be seen to be clean. That is what a special committee of Delivery Task Force (DTF) Anti-Corruption NKRA has decided to have for all aides to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Ministers.
27 June 2013| last updated at 12:21AM
MACC to vet special officersBy HARIZ MOHD | firstname.lastname@example.org
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A MINISTER’S GATEKEEPER: Move to ensure good governance, transparency
KUALA LUMPUR: ALL special officers to cabinet members will be required to undergo a vetting process with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the police to ensure good governance and increased transparency.
In a statement, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low said this was among the matters discussed during a Delivery Task Force (DTF) Anti-Corruption NKRA (National Key Result Areas) meeting yesterday.
The meeting was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“The role of a special officer is an important one in some cases as he or she acts as a gatekeeper to the minister, and is privy to highly-confidential information.
“In order to ensure good governance and increased transparency, it was agreed during the meeting that all special officers to cabinet ministers will be required to undergo a vetting process with the MACC and police.
“It will also be a requirement for special officers to declare their assets annually to the prime minister, their respective ministers and MACC chief commissioner.
“By putting all these measures in place, opportunities for misconduct will be minimised,” Low said.
The meeting was also attended by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa and MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamad.
Another important decision made by DTF was the approval for the appointment of International Advisory Board members to MACC.
Board members would be tasked to provide advice and review the NKRA initiatives specifically for MACC’s transformation, Low said.
Members of the board would include high-profile individuals from the Hong Kong and New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption.
“The intention of the board is to benchmark MACC’s performance to be on a par with international best practices and to improve international perception towards MACC.
“Although the government has covered much ground in its fight against corruption, more can and will be done, to improve governance and integrity via DTF.”
DTF is a governance structure implemented under the Government Transformation Programme in order to ensure proper monitoring and execution of initiatives.
No longer the incidence where two Political Secretaries of a Cabinet Minister were arrested independent of each other for separate corruption charges and later be charged in a criminal court. Nor rumours about Special Officers of the Prime Minister building a million Ringgit home.
The decisions they transmit of behalf of their bosses also should be verified if they are of advantage to some ‘interested parties’ or personal beneficiaries.
Do not give anyone any reason to doubt the transparency and integrity of the current administration. That is something so easily rumoured everywhere, at any time. They should focus on their work instead ‘fire-fighting’ rumours.
Special officer to MB Selangor Mohd. Yahya Mat Sari is sentenced to two years in the gaol and two strokes of whipping for committing an act of corruption bare;y three months into the Opposition Pact’s rule of the wealthiest state five years ago.
Published: Thursday June 27, 2013 MYT 7:45:00 PM
Selangor MB’s former special officer gets two years and caning for cheating
SHAH ALAM: The High Court sentenced Mohd Yahya Mat Sahri, former special officer to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, to two years in prison and two strokes of the whip for cheating the president of Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd, Datuk Abdul Karim Munisar five years ago.
Mohd Yahya, 44, was charged with deceiving Abdul Karim into believing that the Pakatan Rakyat secretariat was seeking sponsors for the party’s 100th day celebration.
Judge Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah meted out the sentence after allowing the prosecution’s appeal against the Sessions Court’s verdict which acquitted and discharged Mohd Yahya, 46, of the charge in May 2011.
The judge however allowed a stay of execution pending Mohd Yahya’s appeal at the Court of Appeal and set bail at RM15,000 with one surety.
On May 20 2011, Sessions Court judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh had acquitted and discharged Mohd Yahya on the basis that the prosecution had failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Mohd Yahya faced a further charge of inducing Abdul Karim to hand over RM50,000 in sponsorship for the event at the Gardenia Coffee House, Quality Hotel, on June 4, 2008.
He was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code which carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction. A total of 28 prosecution witnesses, including Abdul Khalid, and eight defence witnesses testified throughout the proceedings. – Bernama