Thursday, 19 January 2012

Nazri:Cabinet ministers, kin not duty bound to declare assests to MACC


PUTRAJAYA: Cabinet ministers and their family members should not be subjected to rigorous requirements like declaring their assets to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said.

“Members of the cabinet and their spouses are not duty bound to declare their assets to the MACC. We should only do (declare) it to the PM,” he said here Thursday.

“The MACC's task is only to investigate if there is any irregularity ... that's all,” the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department added.

Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, however, welcomed the MACC proposal.

“We do not have a problem with that. All cabinet members must declare their assets to the Prime Minister and we fully support the call by MACC,” he told reporters at the ministry's monthly meeting Thursday.

On Wednesday, the MACC had said that it wanted a copy of the declaration of assets of Cabinet members and their spouses and other family members submitted to the Prime Minister.

MACC advisory panel chairman Puan Sri Zaitun Zawiyah Puteh had said the commission forwarded the proposal to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a meeting last Dec 12 and he seemed receptive to the idea.

“We proposed that a copy of the declaration of assets of all members of the federal administration be given to the commission. We (further) proposed that their spouses and other family members be required to disclose their assets through a statutory declaration and a record of it be kept by the MACC,” she had added.

- nst

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