NACP 1.2

Ensuring Better Transparency and Accountability in Government Administration

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19 July 2019

Kerajaan akan meminda Akta Audit 1957 bagi membolehkan kuasa Ketua Audit Negara bebas dalam melaksanakan tugasan, kata Tun M

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PM: Freedom of Information Act to replace OSA

 

Sub-policy with its alignment with specific PH Manifesto promises

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MACC reform/ anti corruption efforts

NACP 1.2.2 -To improve on the policy or mechanism pertaining to the acceptance of gifts, entertainment and payment by Members of the Administration

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MACC reform/ anti corruption efforts

NACP 1.2.4 – To amend the current Government circular: ‘Pekeliling Perkhidmatan Bilangan 3 Tahun 1998’ to include sponsorship hence strengthening the monitoring mechanism

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Political Financing

 

NACP 1.2.5 – To introduce new legislation on governing Political Funding and to include an offence on lobbying

17 September 2019 – The Political Funding Bill and another on the establishment of an ombudsman will likely be tabled in October, said National Centre for Governance, Integrity, and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed. He said these were among the new laws and regulations being mooted to complement other initiatives to make Malaysia a corruption-free nation.

4 May 2019On political funding, Rashid said the ERC was currently reviewing a report prepared during former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low’s tenure. “All political parties must declare their finances. There will be no more hiding. Everyone, including the government, has to own up. “It’s alright to receive a lot of money, but we must know the source.”

2 May 2019 –  Economist Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram today called for the establishment of a political financing system in Malaysia to ensure that political parties no longer need to get money from corporations or in an illicit way. He said there should be an alternative source of financing with very strict rules for political parties to adhere.

31 Mar 2019 – A raft of reforms is in the process of being rolled out, including Ombudsman Malaysia replacing the Public Complaints Bureau, the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and political financing.

Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin said these legislative reforms were at the drafting and revision stages.

He said he was aware of criticism that the government was “slow” in instituting reforms, but certain things needed more time as it was “not easy to change the (existing) mentality”.

Jan 29, 2019 – “We hope to table the Bill in June, but that would depend on the outcome of the meetings with political parties.

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MACC reform/ anti corruption efforts

NACP 1.2.6 – To transform the Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) into Malaysian Ombudsman

Minister: Cabinet approves establishment of Law Commission, Ombudsman Malaysia

1 November 2019 – Liew Vui Keong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said in a statement said the Cabinet has approved the establishment of Ombudsman Malaysia and a Law Commission as part of the continuous efforts to reform how the nation is administered.In the statement issued on 1 November 2019, Liew said Ombudsman Malaysia will be an impartial independent body set up to solve public complaints against government agencies. In the statement he said;

“Ombudsman Malaysia is a platform for the public to channel complaints and grievances against the public services delivery system and ensure the government function efficiently and effectively towards an accountable democracy. The setting up of Ombudsman Malaysia is aimed at boosting public confidence and overcome the trust deficit towards the credibility of the public services delivery system,”

Liew in the statement further explains the role of the Malaysian Law Commission which was part of the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto Promise 27 to abolish cruel laws. He said the role of the commission to ensure laws are renewed or updated holistically and with the intention to uphold the rule of law in the nation. He further affirms that the Malaysian Law Commission will be independent which will help to add judicial credibility and accountability to lawmakers in their process.  

Ombudsman ready for cabinet’s approval, says Liew

30 October 2019 – Liew Vui Keong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the paper on the Malaysian Ombudsman is ready to be presented to the cabinet. The Malaysian Ombudsman will be set up to hear and investigate any cases of mal-administration. Liew cited New Zealand as an example where their ombudsman function as an investigator and Parliament researcher with the authority to hear matters concerning mal-administration. Liew added that one cabinet has approved the paper, they will get input from various stakeholders and hopefully table it to Parliament by December 2019. 

Malaysia to have its own Ombudsman, replacing Public Complaints Bureau

21 September 2018Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir has made it known on 21 September 2019 that the Public Complaints Bureau will be known and function as Ombudsman Malaysia at the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMR). To support this change, the government will draft the Ombudsman Act which will ensure the effective complaints of public service delivery.

C4 – This is a welcome development as in our previous report Litmus Report, we call upon the establishment of the Ombudsman office. This officer will deliver comprehensive feedback to support the delivery of government procurement of goods and services.

GIACC: Ombudsman Bill to be Tabled by year-end

19 April 2019 – Anis Yusal Yusoff, Deputy Director-General of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) said the Ombudsman Bill will be tabled in Parliament by the end of 2019. Anis said GIACC and the Public Complaints Bureau (BPA) are working towards a framework for the bill to be brought forward to the Cabinet. He then elaborated that an independent Ombudsman will create a safe and secure system for citizens to make a complaint with government agencies and services. The ombudsman will serve as a second-tier for the public to make a complaint if complaining through the government agencies resulted in no action. Anis said this on 19 April 2019 on the Ruang Bicara programme on Bernama News Channel. 

‘Legislative reforms at drafting, revision stages’

31 March 2019 – Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department told New Straits Times in an interview that Legislative Reform bills are currently in the drafting and revision stages. He is aware of the criticism on the slow pace of reforms like the setting up of  Ombudsman Malaysia (replace the Public Complaints Bureau), political financing reform, the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) in the country. He said a change of mentality needs to happen amongst the civil servants as he feels some are still loyal to the old ideas of the previous administration. 

M’sians Can Actually Lodge a Complaint Against Govt Agencies Online, Here’s How

4 Mar 2019 – This is an informative article written by Malaysian news aggregator portal, World of Buzz on how the Public Complaints Bureau currently works. 

 

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PM’s term, restructuring of PMD

 

NACP 1.2.7 – To amend the Federal Constitution/States Constitution by limiting the term of Office for the Prime Minister, Chief Minister and Menteri Besar