Dr M: No more ‘hiding’ PAC reports on graft under OSA

11-Jul-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said reports on corruption, especially from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), should not be kept under the Official Secret Act (OSA). He said this in response to anti-corruption activities undertaken by the previous government, saying that the current administration had discovered that there were cases of corruption where actions taken were wrong. “For example, when three reports were submitted by institutions recognised by the government, the reports stated there was no wrongdoing (committed) by the (former) prime minister. “If there was no wrongdoing, why was there a need to put (such reports) under the OSA. Normally, you cannot hide reports like that especially the PAC reports, (because) the public should know (about it). “But, again this (the PAC report) was also hidden from the public. So that kind of thing cannot be done now,” he told reporters after the Special Select Committee on Anti-Corruption meeting He, however, did not provide details on the three reports mentioned. In May 2016, it was reported that the final audit report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) had been classified under the OSA by the National Security Council. Dr Mahathir said the government’s level of commitment to address corruption was equivalent to China’s, but stopped short of imposing the capital punishment.



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