Foreign countries view Malaysia as anti-corruption role model: Anti-graft agency

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy commissioner on prevention Mustafar Ali said many countries looked up to Malaysia as an anti-corruption model.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy commissioner on prevention Mustafar Ali said many countries looked up to Malaysia as an anti-corruption model.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia is seen as a role model on anti-corruption, says the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Its deputy commissioner on prevention Datuk Mustafar Ali said many countries, including developed nations, look up to Malaysia's anti-corruption model as "best practices".

"For example, Malaysia has 14 special courts for corruption, and this has been used as a model by other countries.

"With many dedicated courts on corruption, prosecution cases can be attended to quickly. As some say, justice delayed is justice denied, so we are able to prevent this.

"Also, there's our 'name-and-shame' database, where we upload the names of those who have been convicted of corruption to deter others.

"Even developed countries like the United States have adopted this, which is an acknowledgement that we have the best practices in anti-corruption," said Mustafar at a press conference on Wednesday.

He said this after announcing details of the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), which will be held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) on Sept 2 to Sept 4.

Mustafar said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk Paul Low will be giving the opening remarks.

The closing speech, he said, will be given by a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was earlier scheduled to open the conference.

Mustafar also said Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem would be speaking at the conference.

"He will be sharing his experience in battling illegal logging in Sarawak," said Mustafar.

Now in its 16th edition, the IACC is said to be the "largest anti-corruption conference" and is organised by the IACC council and Transparency International, with MACC as hosts.

Themed "Ending Impunity: People, Integrity, Action", about 1,000 participants are expected to attend the conference.