Good governance agenda launched ahead of GE14

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A five-point “good governance agenda” was launched today by the Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency (GIAT) coalition, with hopes that parties on both sides of the political divide will adopt them into their 14th general election (GE14) manifestos.

The five points are:

  • Endorse legislation that will affirm the independence of institutions, most importantly the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
  • Enact a national Freedom of Information (FOI) law, review the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) and adopt open data principles.
  • Require by law that all cabinet ministers, members of parliament, elected officials and senior public officials to publicly declare their assets.
  • Implement the practice of budget and expenditure transparency at all levels of government, including participatory budgeting and monitoring mechanisms.
  • Require by law that all political parties publicly declare all forms of income and expenditure.

The GIAT coalition is made up of five civil society organisations, namely, Transparency International-Malaysia, Sinar Project, Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Friends of Kota Damansara and the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas).

At the launch in Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaya political economy professor Edmund Terence Gomez presented on the fifth point of the agenda regarding political financing - how money is raised and spent for political purposes...

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