MP urges review of MACC integrity vetting process for gov't servants

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The integrity vetting process by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which is among the conditions which must be met by public officers recommended for promotion, should be reviewed to improve the integrity level of public service.

While urging this, member of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Corruption Irmohizam Ibrahim also proposed for some improvements to be made, including in the declaration of assets, which should include information on household income and other related information.

"We are well aware that there exists a good system and procedures in ensuring that all senior public officers undergo the MACC integrity vetting process.

"But there may be a weakness that should be overcome to ensure that the integrity vetting could be carried out in a more effective and comprehensive manner. This process needs to be tightened," he said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur today.

Irmohizam, who is also Kuala Selangor Member of Parliament, also suggested that the membership of the public service promotion board be revamped and restructured.

He said members of the board could comprise judges, academicians, members of Parliament or any prominent figures to ensure its effectiveness.

The Public Services Department in a statement issued on Jan 9, said that the appointment and placement of senior public officers, including secretaries-general and department heads, involves integrity vetting by the MACC.

- Bernama

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