KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Pakatan Harapan’s Alternative Budget 2017 has claimed that 20 per cent of the country’s operating expenditure can be saved through anti-corruption measures.
The federal Opposition pact comprising PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) also claimed that anti-bribery systems and processes can be implemented in the government for an outlay of about RM20 million and potentially reduce corruption in the public sector by 30 per cent, which would be equivalent to RM6 billion.
“Following relatively cheap yet strict anti-corruption management practices, we project across-the-board savings of 20 per cent,” Pakatan Harapan said in its Alternative Budget.
“Based on our empirical studies of the Auditor-General’s report, we are confident that the wastage and corruption factor is at 20 per cent to 25 per cent.
“A concerted fight against corruption wastage coupled with the full implementation of an anti-bribery system will immediately yield the 20 per cent savings in one fiscal year. We should be able to eliminate the remaining 5 per cent the following year,” it added.
Pakatan Harapan’s proposed anti-corruption measures included subjecting potential contractors and joint venture partners in government procurement to risk, probity, and competency assessments, as well as requiring more than one official to approve payment for invoices, regardless of seniority.
The Opposition also called for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) No Gift Policy to be strictly enforced across all government agencies and government-linked corporations (GLCs) and for gifts to be treated as bribes.
“We need to establish an effective whistleblowing practice 26 that protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers, and ensures whistleblowers will not be retaliated against for truthfully reporting misconduct,” said Pakatan Harapan, as they called for the strengthening of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2010.
The Opposition suggested that regulatory bodies like the MACC conduct visit in teams on a rotating basis to prevent the establishment of close relationships.
“To stop the revolving door, we will disqualify regulators from working for the private industry they have regulated for a certain period of time, and likewise for experts switching from private to public sector,” they said.
Pakatan Harapan released their Alternative Budget 2017 ahead of the tabling of the government budget scheduled on Friday.