About MACC



In early 1959, Malaysia's (then Malaya) efforts to combat corruption were carried out by two entities, respectively focusing on investigations and prevention. Investigations on corruption cases were tasked to the Special Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Royal Malaysian Police while an Anti-Corruption Agency was set-up in the Prime Minister’s Department to manage the aspect on prevention. Matters related to prosecution were under the purview of the Attorney General's Chambers.

In view of the fact that anti-corruption activities were then carried out by three different agencies, the Government decided to consolidate the task of investigation, prevention and prosecution under one umbrella by setting-up the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) in 1967 in accordance with the Anti-Corruption Act 1967. In 1973, the ACA changed its name to the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) in accordance with the passing of the NBI Act 1973, becoming a full fledged department under the Home Ministry and with greater powers to investigate corruption cases including those of national interest. Subsequently, in a move to specialise the anti-corruption body in terms of its roles and functions, NBI was re-named back to ACA in 1982 with the passing of the ACA Act 1982 thus making ACA as a single and special entity in fighting corruption in Malaysia.

In 2008, the Parliament and the Government unanimously approved the formation of an independent anti-corruption commission to be known as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and replacing the ACA Act 1982 to the MACC Act.
The MACC Act 2009 came to effect on 1 January 2009 which led to the official establishment of the MACC as an independent, transparent and professional body to effectively and efficiently manage the nation’s anti-corruption efforts.

In moving towards convincing the public of the MACC’s independency, transparency and professionalism, a ‘Check and Balance Mechanism’ was created through the formation of a five panel independent body to closely and constantly monitor the functions of the MACC. This 'check and balance mechanism' comprises of the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (ACAB), the Special Committee on Corruption (SCC), the Complaints Committee (CC), the Operations Review Panel (ORP) and the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel (CCPP) that functions to advise as well as to ensure that the functions and roles of the MACC are implemented efficiently, effectively, independently, with transparency and professionally.
Members of these bodies represent the general public and comprise of senior ex-government officials, politicians (government and opposition), professionals from the business and corporate sector, academicians, lawyers and well respected individuals.
  • Fairness to act fairly without prejudice and discrimination at all times accordance with the law.
     
  • Firmness to investigate all corruption cases objectively and impartially.
     
  • Trustworthy to discharge one’s duty with full responsibility at all times.
Functions of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission are provided under
Section 7 Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 as follows:
  1. To receive and consider any report of the commission of an offence under this Act and investigate such of the reports as the Chief Commissioner or the officers consider practicable;
     
  2. To detect and investigate :-

    • Any suspected offence under Act 2009;

    • Any suspected attempt to commit any offence under Act 2009; and

    • Any suspected conspiracy to commit any offence under this Act;

  3. To examine the practices, systems and procedures of public bodies in order to facilitate the discovery of offences under this Act and to secure the revision of such practices, systems or procedures as in the opinion of the Chief Commissioner may be conducive to corruption;
     
  4. To instruct, advise and assist any person, on the latter’s request, on ways in which corruption may be eliminated by such person;
     
  5. To advise heads of public bodies of any changes in practices, systems or procedures compatible with the effective discharge of the duties of the public bodies as the Chief Commissioner thinks necessary to reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of corruption;
     
  6. To educate the public against corruption; and
     
  7. To enlist and foster public support against corruption

     

Vision

  1. To create a corrupt-free Malaysian society based on high spiritual and moral values;
     
  2. To make the MACC a par excellence and professional anti-corruption agency.


 Mission

  1. To eradicate corruption, abuse of power and malpractice in Malaysia; and
     
  2. To concertedly and continuously strengthen integrity and enhance expertise through human resources development programmes.


 Objectives
 

  1. To incessantly eradicate all forms of corruption, abuse of power and malpractice.

 

The MACC adopts a three-pronged strategy in fighting corruption in line with the

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009 (Act 694) (Section 7):

 


Enforcement

  1. Detect corruption offences; and
     
  2. Investigate corruption offences

 

Prevention

  1. Detect the risk of corruption in work practices, systems and procedures; and
     
  2. Advise (as deem necessary) on the likelihood of the occurrence of corruption.

 

Community Education

  1. Educate the public against corruption
     
  2. Enlist and foster public support against corruption

The MACC aims to be a professional anti-corruption commission in enforcing the law and educating the public against corruption in moving towards greater prevention and ultimately to eradicate corruption in Malaysia through the following principles:

The Code of Ethics and Conduct of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) combines moral values with the uniformed deeds and actions to guide MACC officers to perform their duties and responsibilities with the objective to:-

  1. Strengthen the level of integrity of MACC officers in the execution of their duties and responsibilities; and
     
  2. Clarify permissible and non-permissible actions by MACC officers in accordance to the enforced policies, guidelines and the law
     

INTEGRITY is a core element in the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the MACC. The core values of integrity upholding the MACC in shaping the "MACC Values" are : Trustworthy, Firm, Fair, Independent, Transparent and Professional. In addition, positive values such as Discipline, Cooperation, Loyalty and Commitment also form the "MACC Values", to be consistently upheld by all MACC officers in executing their duties and responsibilities.

Click here for more details on the Code Of Ethics and Conduct


 


 

Star (14 Pointed)
Reflects the excellence and glory of 14 States and the Federal Government that are free of corruption, whose citizens are strong on religious and spiritual values and guided by the highest ethical standards.
Gold
Symbolizes the most valuable crusade, i.e, to eradicate corruption in order to attain an invaluable victory, namely, a corruption-free Nation.
Crescent
The crescent symbolizes Islam as the national religion. Religions knowledge and practices can only bring about abeyance from corrupt practices.
Yellow
Symbolizes fairness, i.e, justice is one of the MACC Client's Charter in all its decisions irrespective of status or race.
Interlocking Kris
Symbolizes the authority accorded to MACC officers, as prescribed in the laws of the Nation, in executing their duties to combat corruption and their readliness to shoulder the people's aspiration to go forth even in the face of a thousand obstacles and challenges.
Blue
Reflects trust and harmony. It means that in addition to law enforcement, the Commission also plans and carries out anti-corruption campaigns through information, educational and community relation programs
Shield
Symbolizes a gear for self-defence. It signifies that covert operations are carried out efficiently and of quality, with the assurance that the identities of complainants are protected.
Black
Symbolizes enduring spirit of accuracy and stability and striving to overcome.
Paddy Flower
Symbolizes progressiveness, prosperity and achievement attained within a moral and ethical society. Every complaint received will be appropriately investigated without prejudice but with trust, firmness and fairness
Dark Gray
The gray tone balancing between black and white, symbolizes freedom and transparency of MACC in its efforts to stamp out corruption without interference from any quarters.
Tigers
Symbolizes bravery and strength in executing every entrusted responsibility and to surge forward even if facing a thousand obstacles and challenges.
Red
Symbolizes the fighting spirit to defend the sovereignty and dignity of the Nation even if it requires the spilling of one's blood.
14 White and Red Stripes
Reflects educational activity throughout the whole of Malaysia in regards to corruption and its evil consequences.
White
Symbolizes a clean heart in a holy endeavor to uphold truth and eradicate deviation.
Jawi Script
Symbolizes the spirit to preserve the tradition and heritage of the nation for the future generation.
   
 Rank
Abbreviation
 
Chief Commissioner        
Chief Com.
 
Deputy Chief Commissioner
Deputy Chief Com.
 
Commissioner                 
Com.
 
Deputy Commissioner   
Deputy Com.
 
Chief Senior Assistant Commissioner
Chief SAC
 
Senior Assistant Commissioner    
SAC
 
Assistant Commissioner   
AC
 
Senior Superintendent          
SSupt.
 
Superintenden                     
Supt.
 
Chief Senior Assistant Superintendent
CSASupt.
 
Senior Assistant Superintendent
SASupt.
 
Assistant Superintendent
ASupt.
 

Investigation

 

The Investigation Division of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) plays a prominent role in combating the crime of corruption through its core function of conducting investigations. The role of the department is as stipulated in section 7 (a) and (b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
 

Human Resources Management and Administration

 

The Human Resources Management and Administration Division is responsible for matters related to the general administration, recruitment, service, accounts and finance; and development of the MACC.

 

Community Education

 

The Community Education Division is an important division of the MACC in fulfilling its functions stipulated in Section 7(f) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 - to educate the public in combating corruption, and Section 7(g) - to obtain and maintain public support in fighting corruption.

 

Legal and Prosecution
 

The Legal and Prosecution Division is responsible for the prosecution during trials of corruption cases. The Division ensures that the prosecution is conducted fairly and that meets the standard of providing evidence as required by the law. The division also evaluates investigation papers submitted by the Investigation Department in ascertaining the next course of action accordingly.

 

Intelligence

 

The Intelligence Division is a crucial division of the MACC in functioning as the main information resource centre. Information is gathered through various sources and methods employing the latest techniques and technologies.

 

Inspection and Consultancy

 

The Inspection and Consultancy Division examines the work practices, systems and procedures of public bodies in order to evaluate and assess management weaknesses that could be conducive to corruption, abuse of power and malpractice and to instruct, advise and assist in ways to circumvent such weaknesses and in eradicating corruption. The division also offers advise to public bodies, organisations and private corporations on ways to eradicate corruption.

 

Policy, Planning and Research

 

The Policy, Planning and Research Division assists the MACC's top management as its main resource centre that plans and coordinates the MACC Policy through research, coordination and monitoring for the purpose of eradicating corruption, abuse of power and malpractice via strategic management and; efficient, effective and professional action plans.

 

Security

 

The Security Division functions as the MACC's wall of defense and is responsible in aspects concerning security, protection and control of its assets, personnel, documents and the overall operations system.

 

Excellence and Professionalism

 

The Excellence and Professionalism Division is responsible to enforce directives, circulars, rules and regulations related to the Code of Ethics and disciplinary compliance as well as to increase the level of integrity in order to enhance its integrity governance and to support the strengthening of the organization.

 

Integrity Management

 

The role of the Integrity Management Division is to strengthen the level of integrity as well as to enhance good governance and reduce bureaucracy in ministries, state governments, departments, agencies and government subsidiaries in order to prevent corruption, abuse of power, malpractice and weaknesses in management.

 

Records Management and Information Technology

 

The Records Management and Information Technology Division functions to receive and process information, organise and manage operational/classified documents, process applications for integrity vetting, disposal of documents, tabulation of figures for MACC's statistics and providing technical support as well as to advise its users on matters related to the IT system.

 

Special Operations

 

The Special Operations Division functions as the investigation arm that investigates cases classified as sensitive, high-profile and of public interest.


 

Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy

 

An important area of the MACC is on the development of its officer's capabilities and skills. Training programmes and courses of such nature is managed by MACC's training academy known as the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA). MACA is responsible for conducting training in various fields including investigation, prosecution, intelligence, prevention, consultation as well as management. The specialised training programmes and courses is made available to both local and international participants.

 

 


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