Malaysia-Public Consultation — Reform of the MACC (4 Mar 2015)

Public Consultation — Reform of the MACC (4 Mar 2015)






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Circular No 024/2015
Dated 9 Feb 2015
To Members of the Malaysian Bar and pupils in chambers
Public Consultation — Reform of the MACC (4 Mar 2015)
Bar Council Malaysia and its project partner, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs ("IDEAS"), are jointly organising a public consultation to discuss several proposals that have been put forward in efforts to reform the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission ("MACC").
The purpose of this public consultation is to bring together experts from diverse fields and members of the public to obtain their feedback on the content of the proposals, as well as other important matters pertaining to public awareness, legislation and other concerns.

Over the last few months, Bar Council and IDEAS have spent considerable time with civil society organisations such as Transparency International Malaysia, Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism ("C4"), and Citizens' Network for a Better Malaysia ("CNBM"), to draft a document containing the proposals which will eventually form a memorandum to the Malaysian Government. 

The objective of the proposals is to strengthen the MACC from a legal standpoint to enable it to comprehensively and effectively address, and deal with, corruption.

The proposals to reform the MACC are as follows:
(1) The establishment of a constitutionally-mandated Anti-Corruption Service Commission ("ACSC");
(2) Amendments to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009;
(3) Amendments to other related legislation such as the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, and the Witness Protection Act 2009, among others;
(4) Prosecutorial powers and;
(5) Other related measures.
The details of the public consultation are as follows:
Date:                           4 Mar 2015 (Wednesday)
Time:                          8:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 pm)
Venue:                       Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, Straits Trading Building, Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor, 2 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Registration Fee:       Admission is free but advance registration is required
Please note that places are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
To attend this public consultation, kindly complete the online registration form here; or submit the attached registration form by email to:
(1) Vanimalar Moneyselvam (vani@malaysianbar.org.my); or
(2) Germaine Low (germaine@malaysianbar.org.my).         
You may also submit the completed registration form by fax to 03-2050 2032 / 2043 (Attn: Germaine Low).
Should you have any enquiries, please contact Vanimalar Moneyselvam, Administrative Assistant (03-2050 2100; vani@malaysianbar.org.my) or Germaine Low, Officer (03-2050 2094; germaine@malaysianbar.org.my).
We value your feedback and hope that you will be able to take part in this public consultation and provide insights to improving anti-corruption efforts in Malaysia.
Thank you.
Christopher Leong
President
Malaysian Bar
This circular and the attachment may also be accessed here.





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