C4: MACC does have jurisdiction over political donations

PETALING JAYA: The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) today challenged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) claim that it has no jurisdiction to investigate political donations.
Citing Section 16 of the MACC Act (2009), C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said the legislation in fact empowered the agency to investigate such donations.

Section 16 (Offence of Accepting Gratification) reads: “Any person who by himself, or by or in conjunction with any other person […] corruptly gives, promises or offers to any person whether for the benefit of that person or another person, any gratification as an inducement to or a reward for or otherwise on account of (A) any person doing or forbearing to do anything in respect of any matter or transaction, actual or proposed or likely to take place […] commits an offence.”

Section 3 (Interpretation) meanwhile defines “gratification” as covering donations, rewards, financial benefit and even “any other similar advantage”.

“This means that the MACC is exercising its executive discretion to not investigate this public allegation, for reasons unknown to the public,” Gabriel said in a statement.
This followed MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki’s remarks on Sunday that the agency had no jurisdiction over political donations.

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