Bureaucracy Main Obstacle To Investigation Abroad - MACC

Oct 7, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Bernama) - Bureaucracy has been identified as the main obstacle to efforts by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in conducting investigation abroad.

MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said the obstacles existed in every foreign country as they have different laws.

"Since every country has different laws, international investigation must go through proper channel or government-to-government," he said after representing MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed in closing the workshop "Critical Elements in Corruption Detection and Investigation & Consulting Skills, Prevention and Community Education" here today.

Shukri said since international investigation takes a long time, it requires collaboration and good ties with countries involved to expedite the investigation.

"With this programme (workshop)) we will have a focal point or contact number. If there is a problem, we can contact the agency involved directly and they can also contact us for help," he said.

MACC has established bilateral cooperation with anti-corruption agencies in Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau and hopes to expand to other countries.

Earlier in his speech read out by Shukri, Abu Kassim said the workshop was to strengthen anti-corruption agencies from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to ensure an efficient public delivery system.

"Emphasis has and will be placed on deepening and broadening understanding on the causes and effects of corruption and its negative consequences on national development," he said.

The two-week workshop organised by MACC and United Nations Development Programne (UNDP) is attended by 16 senior officials of anti-corruption agencies from Brunei, Indonesia, Maldives, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq Jordan and Malaysia.

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