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KUCHING, Sept 6: The recent news of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being granted a Discharge Not Amounting to Acquittal (DNAA) for the 47 charges of criminal breach of trust, corruption, and money laundering in connection with Yayasan Akalbudi funds underscores the urgent need for comprehensive reforms in Malaysia.
In stating this, Michael Kong who is the special assistant to Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chief Chong Chieng Jen said among the critical reforms that demand immediate attention is the placement of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under the jurisdiction of Parliament, with the appointment process of its chief subject to vetting by a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC).
“Additionally, the separation of powers between the Attorney General and Public Prosecutor is indispensable to ensure the integrity and credibility of our judicial processes.
“It is paramount that swift measures are taken to implement these reforms. This will not only amplify accountability but also instil greater public confidence in our justice system.
“It is imperative that institutions responsible for upholding the law and combating corruption are held to the highest standards of transparency and impartiality,” said Kong in a statement today.
He believed that through these necessary reforms, Malaysia can elevate its standing on the international stage while paving the way for a more equitable and just future for the next generation.
“I firmly believe that by addressing these pivotal issues and advocating for essential reforms, we can chart a path toward a brighter and more promising Malaysia,” said Kong.
He said as Sarawak DAP prepares for the upcoming DAP National Annual Convention scheduled for this Sunday (Sept 10), it represents a pivotal moment for Sarawak DAP to be the voice of concern for Sarawakians.
“This platform empowers us to fervently seek answers and explanations from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) regarding its decision to suspend charges against Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“Our approach to this issue is underpinned by unwavering resolve, founded on our steadfast commitment to advocating for a reformed Malaysia,” said Kong. — DayakDaily