Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dr Chua to MACC: Give examples of countries where the Cabinet declares assets

IPOH: MCA has asked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to give examples of countries that asked their Cabinet members to declare their assets to the public.

“Even in the United States, they only declare their assets to the president.

They don’t go around announcing their assets here and there,” MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek told reporters after opening Perak MCA’s annual convention here on Sunday.

Dr Chua said this when asked to comment on remarks made by MACC chief Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohammed that he wished to see such a thing in Malaysia.

Abu Kassim, on Saturday, was reported to have said that he agreed with a suggestion by former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan which called for Cabinet members to declare their assets to the public in the interest of transparency.

Presently, Cabinet members declare the assets annually to the Prime Minister.

Asked if he disagreed with the move, Dr Chua said: “It is not that I disagree, I just want him (Abu Kassim) to give me an example of a country where this is practised.”-Bernama

THE STAR (Sunday August 1, 2010)

4 comments:

alphaguy said...

Why can't we be the first country in the world, where the cabinet minister's declare their assets. Why are you insisting on another country to be the first. Corruption is being institutionalised in this country and for long in this country under the guise of race politics.

koh said...

Mr President,

You should not have issued the challenge to MACC to name a country where Cabinet declare assets (even to the public).

You should have done some homework or asked INSAP to check because there are countries which make it accessible to the public.

You want to know, read my coming article.

Best wishes stanley koh

chin said...

1 Malaysia, Rakyat didahulukan.

1. Apa mahu takut kalau pendapatan itu adalah halal.

2. Rakyat mahu tahu sebelum dan selepas, bagaimana pendapatan boleh meningkat dengan begitu cepat supaya kita semua boleh belajar dengan pemimpin kaedah terbaik untuk jadi jutawan.

Pearls said...

If got nothing to hide, than no need to make an issue of publicly declaring assets la. Simple!!

Please do not forget that all cabinet ministers and their assistants are accountable not to the PM but the public. You people are paid by the public and as such, the public has the right to know what sort of assets and liabilities you people have. This is the best form of corruption control. If you earn RM15K a month, you cannot possibly own a Cayenne or some other luxury cars together with big bungalows and 2 wives and plenty children. It just doesnt add up!

So, if you ask me, it is not about whether other country has such practise or we are going to be first, it is about ACCOUNTABILITY!

By the way, I think spouses and adult children of ministers should also declare. Again, if everyone is honest, there shouldnt be any problem declaring.

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