The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) reiterates its call for legal reform to free key public institutions from the grip and influence of the Executive and the Prime Minister’s Office.
The group says it is necessary to restore public trust in these institutions and for a clear separation of powers. between the three branches of government.
“We refer to the voices of the public from various segments of society regarding corruption charges against former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, the prosecution of former PM Najib Razak, and the abolition of Musa Aman and Riza Aziz charges of corruption and money laundering.
“Public perceptions of selective prosecution or immunity from prosecution are inevitable due to the power to appoint key positions resting in the PM’s hands.
They mentioned institutions such as Attorney General, Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Inspector General of Police, members of the Judicial Appointments Commission, Chief Justice The country, the President of the Court of Appeal, the chief judges.
Bersih 2.0 calls for the key appointments to be removed from the power of the Prime Minister.
“The appointment processes has to be made transparent to the public and scrutinized by the relevant Parliamentary Select Committee, except for judicial appointments whose process should be free from any political interference.
“The independence of these institutions would not be complete without the necessary reforms to ensure financial autonomy and staff appointments. Until these reforms are instituted in law and practiced, actions, decisions and integrity by these institutions will always be questioned as well as become a tarnish of the name by the good work they do,” the group says.
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