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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Proham's position on the raids on MACC

Proham reaffirms that parliamentary democracy is a tradition which provides for adequate checks and balances on the executive based on the principle of separation of powers.

In this context the integrity and independence of institutions such as the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, the MACC, Election Commission and SUHAKAM as independent institutions is critical as a form of checking any abuse of power or on human rights violations by the executive or any one in public office in the interest of the nation as a whole.

 Recent developments in Malaysia has crippled the PAC, the raids on MACC and the Public prosecutor's office including the arrests and  confiscation of investigation materials could compromise the investigations on the 1MDB.

Proham reiterates its call for the Cabinet to ensure transparency and independence of these investigations. Police must stop their raids on MACC in their efforts to search for whistle-blowers.

The priority at this critical moment is to investigate the IMDB as well as the involvement of the Prime Minister in this so as to ensure the integrity of the office of the Prime Minister.

Any actions by authorities especially the Police could be construed as undermining the  independence and transparency of the  principle investigation. Such acts are  detrimental to parliamentary democracy in Malaysia

At this critical hour, Proham calls on all Parliamentarians especially those in the ruling coalition who are custodians of our parliamentary democracy, to uphold the Principle of Separation of Powers, to reflect seriously on the recent developments and take appropriate responses to enhance the parliamentary democratic system in Malaysia.

Issued on behalf of Proham by Datuk Kuthubul Zaman (Chairman) & Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (Secretary General)

August 6,2015

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