Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Abu Kassim Mohamed intends to push the Najib administration members to declare their assets publicly.
The Cabinet members now declare their assets to Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Najib Razak annually but it is not made public.
He was responding to a suggestion from former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan that the assets of politicians - particularly those in the Cabinet - and the judiciary be made publicly available for the sake of transparency.
"I agree with you... Everybody - for example, the minister or the judiciary - has to declare," he told Ambiga.
Some already doubted his ability or persuasive power to get the PM and his cabinet members to give their nod.
Abu Kassim's promise is crucial and should be supported by all. It will test if the MACC is a truly independent body and not answerable to the politicians. It will be near impossible for the anti-graft body to function efficiently and without fear or favour if it cannot even compel the politicians especially those serving in high public office to declare their assets publicly.
MACC must ensure that the process and procedure is correct and credible too.
Abu Kassim should be held accountable to what he had promised - to get the cabinet ministers and judiciary to declare their assets publicly. Otherwise, he should walk his talk - be willing "to go down". He is answerable to the people and not any politicians.
This is a first positive statement from the MACC chief.