The National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) had prioritised the introduction of a proper asset declaration system for Members of the Administration and Members of Parliament (MPs), with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Asset Declaration Portal launched in November 2018 under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration. The formation of such a law can only aid transparency and integrity in administration and management, and in detecting abuse of public office or illicit enrichment.
While a unanimous decision was made by Dewan Rakyat to compel all MPs to declare their assets, including those of their spouses, children, and trustees, asset declaration is not yet legally mandatory, and the issue is not helped by how the lawmakers of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration are resistant to asset declaration.
The formation of a law making the declaration of assets mandatory can only improve the principles of transparency and accountability, while fulfilling Malaysia’s obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which Malaysia ratified on the 24th of September, 2008. The lack of such a law renders MACC merely a custodian, rather than an enforcement body, in the case of assets declaration forms handed to it.
July 14, 2021 (PN) The immediate family members of politicians and government officials including their spouses and adult children should be compelled to declare their assets and income annually, the Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4) proposed this in support of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) call to establish an asset declaration law. C4 […]
July 13, 2021 (PN) The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has recommended that Parliament passes an act that makes it compulsory for members of the government administration, Parliament and the Senate to declare their assets. In 2019, the Dewan Rakyat unanimously approved a motion for all MPs to declare their assets to the Speaker and for […]
February 04, 2021 (PN) The MACC Asset Declaration Portal was launched in November 2018 under the Pakatan Harapan administration. Then in July 2019, Dewan Rakyat made a unanimous decision to compel all Members of Parliament (MP) to declare their assets, including those of their spouses, children, and trustees through a statutory declaration. However, asset declaration […]
December 10, 2020 (PN) Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan replied in a written letter: “MACC only prepares a platform for the asset declaration to be published on their website,” as a response to Nga Kor Ming (PH-Teluk Intan) who asked the Prime Minister to state the names of ministers and deputy […]
August 06, 2020 (PN) The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is seeking a law to make it compulsory for Members of Parliament to declare their assets, said MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention), Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil. He said the law could be enforced next year if the relevant parties worked towards making it a reality. […]
March 11, 2020 (PN) All Cabinet ministers have been instructed to declare their assets, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said he had reminded the ministers to be committed in fighting corruption. “All leaders were asked to commit to this under the ‘Aku Janji’ to ensure a high level of integrity. Secondly, I […]
July 01, 2019 (PH) A special motion to compel all lawmakers to declare their assets was tabled in Parliament on Monday (July 1). The motion proposed that those who failed to declare their assets would be hauled to the Parliament’s Select Committee on Rights and Privileges Committee. However, MPs who make false declarations will be […]
November 01, 2018 (PH) This is the first time in Malaysia’s history that the assets of MPs or ministers have been made public, in what is seen as a move to curb the alleged culture of corruption prevalent under the previous administration. Related news: MACC releases MPs’ asset details; Guan Eng top, Dr M third