MACC sets up ops room to combat GE14 corruption

By BERNAMA / Graphic By TMR

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has launched its operations room, whereby, the public can send information and complaints linked to corrupt activities involving candidates and political parties contesting in the 14th General Election (GE14).

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said the operations room, which would operate round-theclock, was set up in collaboration with the Election Commission (EC) to ensure transparency in the election process.

“The operations room is located on Level Three, Block B of the MACC headquarters. All information and complaints can also be sent to the state MACC offices,” he told a press conference held in conjunction with the launch of the MACC operations room in Putrajaya yesterday.

Also present was EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, who said the operations room is part of efforts to enhance closer cooperation between the two agencies.

Complaints can also be sent via email to [email protected] or by phone at 03-88700675/ 03-88700668 or faxed to 03-88700956.

Dzulkifli said the MACC has the authority to monitor and investigate corruption cases before, during and after an election, as provided for under Sections 7 to 11 of the Election Offences Act 1954 (Act 5).

“Among the offences where action can be taken under these sections are impersonating, bribing, holding feasts and using unnecessary influence in the run-up to the GE14,” he added.

He said information which did not come under the MACC jurisdiction could otherwise be channelled to the relevant agencies such as the EC and Royal Malaysia Police.

Meanwhile, Mohd Hashim said action could be taken against anyone committing offences under Act 5 which provided for a jail sentence and fine, upon conviction.

“It can also cause a seat to be declared vacant and a by-election to be held,” he noted.

At the same time, he said, those involved would be taken out of the voters’ list for five years from the date of sentencing.