(a) money, donation, gift, loan, fee, reward, valuable security, property or interest in property being property of any description whether movable or immovable, financial benefit, or any other similar advantage;...
(d) any valuable consideration of any kind, any discount, commission, rebate, bonus, deduction or percentage;
An ombudsman or public advocate is usually appointed by the government or by parliament, but with a significant degree of independence, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or a violation of rights.- Wikipedia
|Malaysian Bar’s statement on Lim Guan Eng — Steven Thiru|
|Tuesday, 22 March 2016 11:43pm|
|©Malay Mail (Used by permission)
MARCH 22 — The Malaysian Bar notes the recent press reports on the allegations of corruption against YAB Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang. It is also noted that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is reported to be investigating these allegations.
The Malaysian Bar is uncertain whether the said investigations by MACC have commenced.
However, if the investigations have begun, the Malaysian Bar expects MACC to conduct the same fairly, impartially and thoroughly, and as expeditiously as possible.
When allegations of corruption are made against public officials, it may be necessary for a leave of absence pending completion of investigations.
There is no strict legal requirement to do so but is sometimes seen as a prudent step to preserve the integrity of the investigations. It all depends on the severity of the allegations.
Another critical factor is whether the public official under investigation can influence or be perceived as being in a position to interfere with the investigation.
Here, the MACC does not report to the Chief Minister Penang and there is no likelihood of influence or interference. It must also always be borne in mind that the person investigated enjoys the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.
Investigations or stepping aside on a leave of absence pending completion of investigations should not be equated with guilt of the allegations of criminal wrongdoing.
* Steven Thiru is president of the Malaysian Bar.
** This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail Online. - Malaysian Bar Website
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