LETTER FROM THE RAKYAT:
THE Complaints Committee is part of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) check-and-balance mechanism, set up under legal provisions, as prescribed in Section 15 (1) of the MACC Act 2009.
The Complaints Committee plays its role in ensuring that the MACC executes its functions, in particular in overseeing the conduct of its officers that are non-criminal.
In other words, the Complaints Committee looks into aspects of complaints of misconduct against MACC officers.
Furthermore, the Committee is responsible for identifying weaknesses in work procedures that may result in such complaints and subsequently proposes recommendations in accordance with the work procedures of the MACC.
Since its establishment seven years ago, the Complaints Committee has contributed ideas and insights, especially in relation to management that includes monitoring complaints of misconduct of a non-criminal nature as well as proposing improvements to its systems and procedures.
The Complaints Committee comprises of four members, made up of former senior government officials, professionals from the business and corporate sector, legal practitioners and respected individuals.
Members of this Committee represent the general public and as such act as the eyes and ears of the people.
All of these are to ensure that the MACC continues to excel as an agency that is independent, transparent and professional in carrying out its responsibilities in fighting corruption.
Hence, in view of the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) expressed intention to include the MACC under its purview, the Complaints Committee is of the strong opinion of the irrelevancy of this recommendation.
This is primarily due to the fact that the MACC is already an independent commission.
The Complaints Committee is of the opinion that the MACC has been and is effectively being monitored by the five independent bodies, which includes the Complaints Committee.
Therefore, it is redundant and irrelevant for the MACC to be placed under EAIC.
The MACC has had appropriate and relevant mechanisms ever since the establishment of the Complaints Committee seven years ago.
The Complaints Committee is tasked with investigating complaints and has a monitoring role in ensuring that cases of misconduct by MACC officers are acted upon appropriately.
To date, every complaint and information has been dealt with effectively.
The Complaints Committee, in fulfilling its duties, has been active in proposing various recommendations to top management to ensure the safety of its workforce in its daily engagements.
Notable is the Video Interviewing Room (VIR) that aims to ensure the safety of suspects and witnesses when engaging with MACC officers.
The existence of such closed circuit TV (CCTV) camera equipment at every level is in addition to standing orders and office procedures.
These improvements to the level of accountability and professionalism of MACC officers have proven effective, as reflected in the statistics which show that no complaints were received since October 2012 until now on the use of force during investigations conducted by MACC officers.
This was an issue before.
On the view that the death of detainees or persons in MACC while under investigation is outside the jurisdiction of the MACC, the Complaints Committee has the prerogative to conduct its own internal investigation.
In fact, the positive changes in the MACC in general are largely due to the close collaboration between the Complaints Committee, through dialogues and working visits, with MACC offices nationwide.
In line with the goal of making the MACC an independent, transparent and professional anti-corruption commission, the Complaints Committee will continue to work towards enhancing public confidence and in ensuring officers are capable and effective in performing their tasks in preventing corruption.
Continued efforts have been taken by the top management of MACC to ensure that officers constantly act in an excellent and professional manner in discharging their duties and responsibilities.
The principle of “zero tolerance” and “whiter than white” is the bedrock principle of the Commission and has led to an increase in the level of accountability and integrity among the MACC workforce.
Pursuant to this, the Complaints Committee will continue to support and uphold the MACC in enhancing public confidence in it being an enforcement agency that enforces anti-corruption laws in an independent, transparent and professional manner.TAN SRI WILSON BAYA DANDOTChairmanComplaints CommitteeMalaysian Anti-Corruption Commission