Malaysia to propose initiatives to combat corruption

VIENNA (Bernama) – Malaysia will propose two key initiatives pertaining to efforts to combat corruption globally at the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) conference that will be held from today until January 24 in Vienna.

IAACA vice-president Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed said the two initiatives will be presented by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his keynote address today on the establishment of a fund to protect anti-corruption enforcement personnel as well as to strengthen IAACA to play a greater role globally, much like the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and Interpol.

Dr Mahathir is on a three-day working visit to Vienna to attend the conference as well as meeting with the Austrian leaders, and to hold dialogue sessions with Malaysians and the business community in the country.

“It’s time for IAACA to play a more active role much like the Interpol and WCO in a fight against corruption globally.

“It is about time for the enforcement personnel to receive protection from IAACA in a fund called the Anti-Corruption Champions Fund,” he told Malaysian reporters. He said the fund aimed at safeguarding the well-being of enforcement personnel worldwide who have become victims of circumstances or faced retaliation while carrying out their responsibilities.

Among the challenges faced by enforcement personnel including attorney-general being sacked, acid attacks and unfair dismissal, he said.

The two initiatives would be discussed in great detail during the IAACA 10th annual general meeting and its executive committee meeting on January 21.

Abu Kassim, who is also National Governance, Intergrity and Anti-Corruption Center (GIACC) director-general, said, however, the IAACA would take into account the sensitivities of the laws of the country involved in the realisation of the fund.

Commenting on the presence of Dr Mahathir at the IAACA conference, Abu Kassim said the keynote address to be delivered by the Prime Minister would give fresh view of Malaysia in the matter.