Even PM, DPM must comply with code of ethics to tackle graft: Dr M

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

The prime minister and deputy prime minister are public officers who have to comply with the code of ethics for members of administration and lawmakers. prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the matter was decided today by the Special Select Committee on Anti-Corruption. He said decisions were reached to have several rules and regulations to address various forms of corruption, including graft involving politicians and administrators which would include the prime minister and the deputy prime minister. “In this respect, no one can escape from declaring one’s assets and gifts received,” he said, adding that in the past the prime minister was not a public officer. In a landmark judgement last year, the High Court had ruled that the prime mlinister was not a public officer in public office. It held that the premier was also not in public service as defined under the Federal Constitution but “a member of administration.” Dr Mahathir said the current government could amend the laws to make sure the prime minister and the deputy prime minister were not above the law, “but within the law.” He said the government was determined to reduce and check corruption that came in many forms and it was not an easy task. Earlier, Dr Mahathir chaired the special committee meeting on anti-corruption. Also in the meeting were deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azisah Wan Ismail, Finance minister Lim Guan Eng; Defence minister Mohamad Sabu and Economic Affairs minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Others were prime minister’s Department minister (Laws) Datuk VK Liew; Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and Auditor-General, Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad and National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed. To a question, Dr Mahathir said the existing codes of ethics would be amended to include the new categories, including MPs of the government who would be subject to these guidelines. The prime minister reiterated the no-gift policy, except for flowers and food as well as certain items to thank and honour the recipient, would also apply to him and his deputy as well as the cabinet ministers. “For items like plaque made from pewter, for instance, will still need to be declared,” he said, stressing that big ticket items such as cars including Mercedes Benz and Proton cars were not allowed. Dr Mahathir said any assets and revenue should be declared to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.Report by Azura Abas, Manirajan Ramasamy, Irwan Shafrisan Ismail and Nadia Hamid



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