13 govt MPs yet to declare assets, says MACC

Thirteen government MPs have yet to declare their assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil.

He said 24 government administrative members, including political secretaries, had also not done so.

Until now, he said 115, or 89.8%, of the government MPs and 63, or 72.4%, of the members of the government administration have declared their assets.

“It is up to them to declare their assets or not. It’s their promise to the people, they have to do it.

“Until now, there is no law that makes it compulsory for them to declare their assets, instead we are only using the Code of Ethics for Administrative Members and the Code of Ethics for MPs,” he told reporters after attending the Premier Walkabout programme in conjunction with the 2018 International Anti-Corruption Day (HARA 2018) at the MACC headquarters yesterday.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull flagged off the volunteers for the programme, which was launched simultaneously nationwide.

Shamsun Baharin said MACC is prepared to assist those who have not done so.

A portal on the declaration of assets was developed by MACC for display to the public.

He also said MACC will propose to the government for a new law or amendments to the existing MACC Act 2009 to make it compulsory for all politicians and senior government officers to declare their assets.

“A Cabinet paper will be submitted and MACC hopes that it can be tabled in Parliament in April next year,” he added.

The HARA 2018 celebration is jointly organised by MACC, Transparency International Malaysia, Malaysia Anti-Corruption Foundation, Malaysian Youth Council, and Corporate Research and Investigations Group.

The programme is aimed at enhancing public awareness on efforts to eliminate corruption. — Bernama