Saturday, April 19, 2008

PM studying proposal to remodel ACA

I'm Studying Proposal To Remodel ACA, Says PM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today he has received a proposal from the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to turn it into an independent agency.

The prime minister said he would study the proposal thoroughly before making a decision.

"The proposal is with me. It was just given to me and I am looking into it before making a decision," he told reporters after opening the retreat for Barisan Nasional (BN) members of parliament.

He was asked to comment on a front-page report in the New Straits Times today that the ACA had proposed that it be allowed to operate along similar lines with Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, who confirmed the proposal, said the ACA had suggested to follow the operating style of the ICAC.

Since its inception in 1974, the ICAC had embraced a three-pronged approach of law enforcement, prevention and community education to fight corruption.

With the support of the government and the community, Hong Kong has now become one of the "cleanest" places in the world.


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