Most ministers have declared assets, PM says

All information will be made public on the MACC’s website, law minister says


PRIME Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) said most of his Cabinet members have declared their assets except for five ministers who will make their declarations soon, as part of a national anti-graft drive.

Muhyiddin, who pledged to have a government with integrity, said he would make sure all his deputy ministers and MPs under Perikatan Nasional (PN) declare their assets as well.

The PM said this in the Dewan Rakyat in response to Teo Nie Ching (Pakatan Harapan [PH]-Kulai) who sought an update on the matter.

“So far 97% of the Cabinet members have declared their assets, while only five have not. I am not going to name them but I will give extra attention to ensure the process is expedited,” Muhyiddin said.

He also acknowledged that all PH MPs had declared their assets. The policy that makes it mandatory for ministers and MPs to declare their assets was introduced in December 2018 and tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on July 1 last year in an anti-graft bid.

Muhyiddin has made it clear that all government MPs must declare their assets within three months from the date they are sworn in.

“This is to ensure that the aim of improving the economy and wellbeing of the people could be carried out in a transparent and effective manner,” the PM said.

Minister in the PM’s Department (Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, in a written parliamentary reply on Monday, said 43 MPs have yet to disclose their assets.

He ensured that the information would be made public on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) website.

The PM also reiterated the government’s commitment to continue all initiatives under the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023, which was set in motion by the previous administration.

He said 28 out of 115 initiatives under six implementation strategies had been executed as of May 31 this year.

The National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption, he added, will remain as secretariat to the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption.

Separately, Muhyiddin said he recognised the need to set guidelines for political funding.

He said this in response to a supplementary question by Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (PN-Beaufort).

He said the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been tasked to prepare a report on the matter and submit it to the government.

He expects the report to be issued after PAC’s newly appointed members have settled into their roles.

“It will be presented when it is ready,” Muhyiddin said.