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No freedom of information as long as OSA remains, says lawyer

PETALING JAYA: The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act will not serve its purpose of creating a transparent government as long as the Official Secrets Act (OSA) exists, says constitutional lawyer Syahredzan Johan (pic).

He said this was because the powers enshrined under the OSA will override the FOI Act.

Lack of will, weak laws, prevent probe into Zahid’s wealth

EXTRAORDINARY wealth owned by a public official should be enough grounds for investigations into the person, lawyers and an anti-corruption lobby group said today after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief said there was no basis to probe a claim about the deputy prime minister’s wealth.

Rafizi’s OSA conviction, a ‘step backward’ says C4

PETALING JAYA: The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) today criticised the High Court’s decision to dismiss Rafizi Ramli’s appeal against his conviction under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said the decision was a “step backward” which seriously undermined the importance of safeguarding the right to freedom of information.

Forum: Official Secrets Act: Time to Review or Repeal?

Lim Kit Siang is a victim of the Official Secrets Act?In 1979, he was convicted of five charges under Official Secrets Act for exposing an inappropriate arms deal between the government and a Swiss company.

Ezam used to claim that he has 6 boxes of corruption evidences. What happened to those boxes and how come he got jailed for 2 years for exposing just 2 pages of the evidence?

Roundtable Discussion C4 Center-SUHAKAM on Freedom of Information

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — At a Roundtable Discussion co-organized by Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) and Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), SUHAKAM believes that transparency can be achieved with the introduction of a freedom of information law alongside the Official Secrets Act (OSA)

By so doing, Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said both laws would be able to act as checks and balances between the government and society and also in ensuring that transparency and national security were jointly protected.

A French indictment is a charge, and Razak Baginda has been indicted

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) welcome recent developments in the Scorpene inquiry being conducted at Tribunal deGrande Instance in Paris.

NGOs want MACC case on Scorpene deal reopened

PETALING JAYA: Two prominent NGOs today weighed in on the indictment of a pair of former top executives in a long-running probe into alleged kickbacks from the 2002 sale of submarines to Malaysia, calling for the case initiated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2012 to be reopened.

Politicians declaring assets: Malaysia can look to Indonesia

KUALA LUMPUR: Elected representatives must declare their assets to the public, a civil society coalition has proposed, and Indonesia has a framework that we can adopt here.

This suggestion is part of GIAT’s (Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency) five-point Good Governance agenda for Malaysia, which was announced here Wednesday.

Students aping leaders on bribery, say civil society leaders

THE high levels of corruption hitting Malaysia in recent years are likely to have contributed to university students feeling that bribery is acceptable.

A survey published yesterday by the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (IIM) found that more than a third of public university students now believe that graft is morally acceptable and does not constitute a crime.

Civil societies want more say in UN graft convention review process

Three civil societies take opportunity to point out to review panel the lack of protection the Whistleblower Protection Act actually accords whistleblowers.