TRANSPARENCY International Malaysia (TI-M) has called upon newly-appointed prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the Government to make good on all their manifesto promises.
TI-M president Muhammad Mohan said the manifesto promises should be fulfilled “without excuses, delays and U-turns” especially those that have been delayed due to Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) last removal from government following the events of the Sheraton Move.
He said key anti-corruption and governance reforms that must be implemented without delays or watering-downs include the Political Financing Act, the separation of powers for the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Public Prosecutor, as well as the public asset declaration for all elected representatives and senior government officials.
Other reforms include the appointment of head of agencies by the Parliamentary Select Committees, amendments to the Whistleblowers Protection Act and also the establishment of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under the Constitution.
“In addition to the above, all the targets set in the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) must be completed or reinstated without watering them down or rebranding (as seen with the IPCMC and IPCC), with remaining targets evaluated and carried forward into an NACP 2.0,” Muhammad noted.
“We welcome this new chapter in Malaysian politics, but civil society and the Rakyat will keep a close watch on the performance of this unity government in the coming weeks and months.”
Muhammad went on to extend his congratulations to all elected representatives of the 15th general election (GE15) and newly-elected prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“Unity governments are a norm in matured democracies and at the end of the day, all parliamentarians ought to strive to serve the people and not the interest of any party,” he pointed out.
“Members of Parliament from across the political divide must heed to the will of the rakyat and rise above factionalised politics to reform and govern the country together, or face extinction.
“Meanwhile, members of the opposition bear the sacred duty of holding the cabinet and the government accountable for all decisions made, and should vote in Parliament based on logic and the future of the nation in mind and not for personal interests.” – Nov 25, 2022
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