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Govt to table declaration of assets motion in upcoming parliament sitting

KUALA LUMPUR: A motion warranting a mandatory declaration of assets among lawmakers from both sides of the political divide will be tabled at the upcoming parliament sitting.

In confirming this, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said once approved, the declaration of assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would deter members of parliament from abusing their positions.

He said it should not be limited to government MPs, but include opposition MPs.

The motion is expected to be tabled by a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department during the next parliamentary sitting, from July 1 to 18.

At present, only PH lawmakers are required to declare their assets and income, which are publicly listed on the MACC website.

Last year, MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil had said that a new law warranting the mandatory declaration of assets by elected representatives was “in the works”.

Shamshun had said that the initiative to introduce such a legislation came following PH’s move to make it compulsory for its MPs and government administrative personnel to submit their asset declarations to MACC.

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