PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to the establishment of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) to coordinate and monitor all activities related to governance, integrity and combating graft in the country.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement today also announced that the Prime Minister has also agreed to appoint former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed to lead GIACC.
The statement also said that GIACC would be responsible for planning, drafting and evaluating policies in ensuring that all government affairs were to be implemented on the basis of good governance, integrity and zero tolerance to corruption.
Among the GIACC initial tasks agreed by the Prime Minister were to ensure that the 21 promises related to governance, integrity and anti-corruption contained in the government manifesto would be given special focus for implementation at certain phases, it said.
All GIACC recommendations for improvements will be tabled at the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) to be decided upon, said the statement.
It also said that the soon-to-to-be-established JKKMAR will replace the Special Cabinet Committee on Government Management Competency (JKKMKPK).
JKKMAR would play a role in deciding on policies and direction of governance, integrity and anti-corruption efforts in the country through the framework of the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) that would be formulated later, it said.
The establishment of the GIACC will not result in overlapping of powers and responsibilities with the existing agencies, the statement said.
Instead, the agencies would be restructured to be more effective or disbanded accordingly, by taking into account the establishment of the GIACC.
On Abu Kassim’s appointment, the statement said that he has vast experience in governance, integrity and fighting corruption both locally and abroad.
Abu Kassim, who currently sits as a member of the 1MDB special investigation team, is also an expert at the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Austria, it said.
Source: NAM News Network