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BFM interviewed Cynthia Gabriel, Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and Professor James Chin, Asia Institute at the University of Tasmania in response to: Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Razak has announced a fund allocation of RM5 million for MACC's welfare body, Yayasan Prihatin. Anti-graft activists have expressed concern about the implications for MACC's independence.

MACC urged to investigate Dr M’s wealth

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry has urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's family wealth.

Its president, Tan Sri Dr K. Kenneth Eswaran said the time had come for him (Tun M) to come clean and explain to the ‘rakyat’ on the source of his wealth.

“Appropriate action must be taken if there is any misappropriation,” he said in a statement issued here today.

Press Release: Having Najib Over to the White House, Will Not Drain Your Swamp, Mr Trump…

It has been reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak will be paying United States President Donald Trump a visit this Tuesday, 12 September at the coveted White House. A diplomatic honor indeed!
But why?

Suhakam bemoans lack of control over govt's power in classifying documents

KUALA LUMPUR: There needs to be greater control over the power of ministers and public officers in classifying a document under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.

For Malaysia, the fight against corruption is also a fight for democracy

Cynthia Gabriel is founder of the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), an anti-corruption organization in Malaysia. Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission has been making lots of headlines lately. Its agents have been carrying out high-profile arrests of government officials accused of bribery and influence-peddling. You’d think that Malaysians would be happy at the news.

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.

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.

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.