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Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki (centre left) and National Audit Department Auditor-General Datuk Wan Suraya Wan Mohd Radzi (centre right) during the signing of the new Note of Cooperation between both agencies, at MACC’s headquarters in Putrajaya on February 20, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/SPRM

MACC, National Audit Department ink note to eradicate corruption

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the National Audit Department (JAN) will continue to step up cooperation in the fight against corruption and improve the governance of government agencies.

In a joint statement, MACC and JAN said the collaboration was sealed via a new Note of Cooperation signed by MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki and Auditor-General Datuk Wan Suraya Wan Mohd Radzi during a ceremony at MACC’s headquarters today.

“This new cooperation note focuses on the scope of cooperation covering aspects of the information and knowledge-sharing programmes and training between the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) and the National Audit Academy (AAN).

“The cooperation instrument states the importance of strengthening bilateral cooperation and understanding so efforts to develop officials’ human capital and eradicating corruption, including the governance of government agencies, can be effectively improved,” they said.

The note also renews the form of cooperation, which had been signed since 2012.

Meanwhile, Azam said the cooperation will have a high impact, especially in helping MACC in supporting the government’s efforts towards “a country with integrity and free from corruption”.

“This reflects JAN’s unwavering commitment to assist MACC in fighting corruption crimes and improve administrative governance, apart from being able to identify and help reduce leakages in the national administration.

“MACC will continue to take steps with full commitment and consistency to eradicate corrupt practices in the government procurement system, avoid leakages and ensure that government procurement is carried out in accordance with the laws and regulations,” he said.

MACC and JAN will carry out continuous information sharing to strengthen the involvement of both parties in the early detection of all forms of corruption, abuse of power and malpractices that can affect the image of the government, threaten the well-being of the community, weaken the values of integrity, hinder the development of Malaysia’s social, economic, and political development.

Meanwhile, Wan Suraya also hopes the cooperation note can strengthen the bilateral cooperation network of the two institutions, as each has an interrelated relationship, role, and responsibility.

“Joint training will be designed and implemented by AAN and MACA in joint collaboration in an effort to continuously improve the competence and expertise of both parties’ officers,” she said.

Both parties can work together to help officers who are interested in taking other professional qualifications related to auditing, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

— Bernama


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