Putrajaya, December 9, 2012 – World Anti-Corruption Day was commemorated in the spirit of camaraderie and full of appreciation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Officers and ex-officers of the MACC gathered in honouring a well-achieved year filled with success, gratitude and recognition at the dinner function themed “Act Against Corruption Today” held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).
MACC officers and staff as well as former officers representing the ex-MACC officers association and various other government servants were appreciated for their contribution especially those who contributed in the success of the recent 6th IAACA Conference and Annual General Meeting (ACGM). The sacrifice and commitment resulted in ensuring the organisation is respected by the public in preventing corruption over the years.
Among the nearly 1,000 invitees at the function were the former Director General of the then ACA, former Senior Federal Counsel, members of the Association of Former Officers of the then ACA, members of the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board, Operations Review Panel, Complaints Committee and the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel, retired and former officers of the ACA and MACC, staff from agencies that have signed the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP), Certified Integrity Officers (CeIO) and committee members of the 6th International IAACA and ACGM 2012. Also present was Datuk Wira Abu Seman bin Yusop, Deputy Home Affairs Minister and a delegation consisting of 18 participants of Investigation Training for Afghanistan in Collaboration with EUPOL-Afghan and MACA at MACA from 4-12 Dicember 2012.
The function began with the opening address by Abdul Razak Bin Idris, Chairman of the Association of former MACC Officers. In his speech, he congratulated the MACC on their achievements in improving the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which ranked Malaysia 54 out of 176 countries compared to 60 of 183 countries ranked previously. In addition, he also congratulated on the current transformation of the MACC which included initiatives by the MACC in eradicating corruption. He also announced that there are a number of former ACA officers who are still active and are employed in the private sector.
Meanwhile, in a speech delivered by Dato' Haji Mohd Noor bin Haji Abdullah, Chairman of the Complaints Committee, he said, "the MACC is going through a paradigm shift or transformation from moderate to good and onto from good to excellence,"
"The government has allocated a huge amount of money to ensure the effectiveness of the anti-corruption agenda in the country." Therefore, he stressed, "The Commission should continue to maintain it’s excellence in line with the commitment and support that is given by the Government as well as the high expectation from the community towards the MACC".
The penultimate feature of the night was the speech by Dato' Sri Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Chief Commissioner of the MACC. He expressed his sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the members of the panel and committee that always offered their valuable advice, views and role in helping the MACC to carry out its functions more effectively. In addition, he also extended gratitude to the retirees of the ACA / MACC who were present at the dinner.
He added, "The appointment to the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) Board of Governors is the highest accolade and appreciation in respect to anti-corruption initiatives. The appointment will benefit Malaysia as it will encourage the sharing and exchange of expertise between MACA and IACA. This shows that Malaysia's contribution in combating corruption is globally recognized.”
However, in hindsight, the greatest challenge faced by MACC officer’s right now is the politicizing of corruption by certain quadrants of people, he added. “I plead and request all parties to support us and speak to us rather than shooting us from the back. We are willing to discuss on any matters related to combating corruption in the most constructive way but please come to us directly,” said Dato Sri Abu.
The celebration concluded with the launch of the new official web portal of the MACC that will also link to the official portal of the Association of Former Officers of the MACC. Also were presentations of certificates of appreciation to retirees of the MACC and to representatives of the organizing committee of 6th IAACA ACGM 2012.