Below are the 22 priority initiatives that the Malaysian government sees as urgent areas that needs reform in the administration. These initiatives are taken from the 115 initiatives from the six key strategies of the National Anti-corruption plan.  Our assessment on the progress of these 22 initiatives is expressed in the status column of the table . 

The full National Anti-Corruption Plan 2013-2023 document is available at Prime Minister’s Office website. This link goes directly to a PDF of that document.   

The six key strategies relate to integrity, transparency and accountability of political actors, public administration, Government procurement, law enforcement, legal and judicial, and the corporate entities governance in Malaysia. You can find more about these strategies and our tracking of them here.

1To introduce new legislation on governing Political funding and to include an offence on lobbying.Strategy 1Supposed to be tabled in October but now it has been delayed with no exact date given.
2To introduce a proper asset declaration system for Members of the Administration and Members of
Strategy 1A motion to compel MPs to do so was approved and the Standing Order was given. However only 160/222 MPs did so.
3To improve on the policy or mechanism pertaining to the acceptance of gifts, entertainment and payment by Members of the Administration.Strategy 1Done
4To prohibit Members of the Administration or any Highly Influential Persons from issuing supporting
letters for any projects or applications. Therefore, heads of departments can no longer accept supporting letters as directives or decisions from Members of the Administration or Highly Influential Persons.
Strategy 1Done. However in November the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry minister wrote a support letter for NAFAS to the PM.
5To introduce a Prime Minister’s Directive in governing demarcation of power between Ministers and
Secretary Generals.
Strategy 1No Update
6To introduce a policy on appointing politicians as Chairperson or Members to the Board of Directors of Statutory Bodies, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), and Government Established Company Limited By Guarantee (CLBG) based strictly on their academic and/or professional qualifications.Strategy 1Done
7To strengthen the mechanism in enforcing mandatory job rotation for public servants holding sensitive posts.Strategy 2No Update
8To manage the involvement and appointment of Senior Government Officials as members of Board of
Director and CEO in all State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) as well as Statutory Bodies.
Strategy 2No Update
9To revisit and strengthen the current process of integrity vetting for Public Official holding positions
with high risk/responsibility.
Strategy 2Said to be reviewed but no updates yet.
10To introduce a transparent guideline on the appointment of Special Officer(s), Political Secretary(s),
Private Secretary(s) and Media Secretary(s) for all Minister(s) and Deputy Minister(s):
a) Terms and Conditions of Appointments
b) Number of Appointments Entitlement
c) Functions and Responsibilities
d) Salaries and Entitlements
Strategy 2Done
11To govern the power of politician(s) and any Highly Influential Person including the limitations interalia
influences, interferences and subjections of control in Local Authority performance and decision-making.
Strategy 2No Update. Political Appointments of Wan Saiful Wan Jan (BERSATU) as Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) chairman; Faiz Fadzil (AMANAH) as the Chairman of Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia; Mazlan Aliman (AMANAH) as the Chairman of Lembaga Pertubuhan Peladang; Tan Kok Wai (DAP) as the Special Envoy to China and Tian Chua (PKR) as the special adviser for Minister of Works Baru Bian.
12To ensure all client departments and regulators to carry out projects based on the advice and
recommendation provided by Technical Department such as the Public Works Department and
related technical agency.
Strategy 3Done
13To create accountability and transparency in defining the exercise of power of Minister as stipulated in legal provisions especially in procurement and financial system.Strategy 3No Update
14To introduce standard clauses in project procurements’ undertakings in order to protect Government’s interest in all projects/contracts involving Government, Statutory Bodies, and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs). In the case of any breach of contract(s), the Government can at any given time, terminate or/and file a civil suit against the party who breaches the contract.Strategy 3Done
15To promote clear separation of powers and impartiality, i.e. the power of the Attorney General should be separated from the power of Public Prosecutor.Strategy 4No Update
16To prioritise for corruption cases to be handled by judges and public prosecutors who are trained and/or experienced in corruption cases.Strategy 4No Update
17To integrate relevant agencies responsible in managing border control towards effective border management.Strategy 5No Update
18To improve existing foreign workers centralised management system i.e. streamlining and integrating the existing online systems for foreign workers application.Strategy 5No Update
19To transform and convert the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) into Independent
Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to address integrity issues and curb
misconducts among members of the Royal Malaysia Police.
Strategy 5The tabling for the bill has been postponed again.
20To include a new provision in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 (Act 694) which provides for offences against any commercial organisation/person selling off a Government project/tender to another party for monetary gains without undertaking the project/tender; this provision shall also require any person who benefits from the sale of the project/tender to reveal the beneficiary ownership.Strategy 5Done
21To introduce integrity vetting requirement as a selection criteria of top management position in
Statutory Bodies, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), and Government Established Company Limited
By Guarantee (CLBG).
Strategy 6Done
22To impose conditional approach on the purpose and utilisation of funds provided by the Government to all Statutory Bodies, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), and Government Established Company Limited By Guarantee (CLBG).Strategy 6Done