Media release: C4 Met MACC and EC over Money Politics and Electoral Bribery Issues

The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) had a successful meeting with the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday at the MACC headquarters.

C4 Center also handed over its report titled ‘The Roles and Functions of the Election Commission (EC) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Addressing Corrupt Practices at Elections’ to the MACC at the said meeting.

This report by C4 Center seeks to clarify the roles and functions of both the EC and the MACC under the existing laws in addressing the issue of massive vote-buying at elections. Among the matters discussed at yesterday’s meeting are:

  1. Possible collaboration (task force) between the MACC and C4 Center together with other civil society organisations working on electoral issues to raise awareness among the public as regards the following:
    • A hotline number by the MACC will be made available to encourage the public to report corrupt practices committed during the upcoming elections;
    • Operation rooms will be set up by the MACC to monitor and receive complaints related to corrupt practices committed at elections.
  2. C4 Center also suggested that the MACC come up with a list of ten election offences linked to corrupt practices which can be disseminated to the public to raise awareness. This list serves as a guide to what the public should look out for and which enforcement agency to report to.
  3. To ensure that corrupt practices at elections ranging from bribery, undue influence, treating, and bribery will become an important emphasis in the upcoming general elections.

Apart from meeting the MACC, C4 Center also managed to engage with the EC where the same report was handed over to its corporate communications head Sabri Abdullah. Sabri Abdullah informed us that the report will be forwarded to the EC Chairman.

C4 Center welcomes the MACC and EC’s openness in acknowledging pressing issues surrounding money politics and considering our recommendations for the upcoming elections.

We truly hope that this undertaking will be pursued with commitment and not end up as a public relation exercise, given the involvement of public funds that are going to be used in ensuring that it is run effectively.

Cynthia Gabriel
Executive Director
Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center)

In The News

New Straits Times, NGO urges MACC, EC to form special committee to handle graft issues during GE14

Free Malaysia Today, EC, MACC must set up taskforce on election violations, says C4


EC-MACC report front page
The Roles and Functions of the EC and MACC in addressing Electoral Malpractice
Read the C4 report here!