On 5 January 2010, I added an update to the previous day’s posting HERE. In the update I said:
UPDATE 5January2010....on second thought let me advise Kassim if integrity is more important than keeping the job - ask that all Parliamentarians, ALL, declare their assets. And while he is at it, the credibility of his organisation can be wrecked if everything, investigation et al will at the end of the day depend on whether the AG is willing to prosecute. The AG is the most powerful man in the country. This power must be removed. Can Kassim initiate this. Until you can swing this, my national flag will continue to give out its distress signal. Let us pray.
Kassim has budgeted for 5000 new investigators….some will do their jobs, others watch porn?
Star columnist P Gunasagaran today wrote:
In most developed democracies, public officials have to disclose all their assets and sources of income publicly. Often this move alone discourages those who have things to hide and are contemplating public office to serve either their own interests or the interests of their constituents.
A disclosure of assets to the public will make things a lot more transparent than just to the MACC.
He also wrote in the same article:
Lamentably, legislation gives the AG sole power to decide on prosecution — too much power for one man. Perhaps a prosecution board should decide on such matters, with members comprising respected independent members of the legal fraternity. This too would require new legislation.
Go HERE to read WHY he said the above.