The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must act against certain ministers to dispel suspicion that the agency is a government tool, said Lim Guan Eng.
The DAP secretary-general said the MACC had by and large acted independently but must do more to bolster its image under a government that has been criticised for using the anti-graft agency to suppress its opponents.
“Under the Perikatan Nasional government, the MACC is no longer seen to be impartial, independent and professional organisation battling corruption at the highest levels, without fear or favour,” Lim told DAP delegates at the Negri Sembilan DAP convention today.
He said the MACC has not acted against a “cartel” of ministers who have allegedly abused their power.
Nor has the MACC investigated the minister who “suddenly” had enough money to settle a RM1.3 million bankruptcy suit even though the wealth was not listed in her assets’ declaration, Lim said.
That there is a cohort of corrupt officers, including a former inspector-general of police, on the payroll of crime syndicates is yet another allegation that the MACC has failed to probe, he said.
In February, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun had paid a multimillion-ringgit debt to a Paris-based film production company following a statement of claim filed in 2019.
The claim was for money owed for the making of films, comedy shows and documentaries sold to three companies in which Rina was director.
She was served a bankruptcy notice for the RM1.3 million debt.
Opposition politicians had questioned her ability to settle the suit when she had declared her assets to be worth only RM72,000 on November 20, 2019.
Lim added that Perikatan practised double standards, but that this was no surprise since “the prime minister has two names and does not even use his real name, Mahiaddin Md Yasin.
“We remember Mahiaddin’s promise to fight corruption in his first speech as prime minister. What we see instead is the decline in Malaysia’s rankings in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index from 51st in 2019 to 57th in 2020,” said Lim. – TMI