MACC, DBKL form joint task force to review SOPs

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) have formed a joint task force to review standard operating procedures (SOPs) in local councils and local authorities after a top official was recently charged with corruption.

The special task force will be led by MACC investigations director Datuk Azam Baki who has identified five key areas to review in DBKL: management of the privatisation of housing projects, guidelines on property purchases by officers and staff, asset ownership and declaration, management of public housing, as well as oversight of land development in the capital city.

“The formation of the task force is a joint effort after a few government officers were recently investigated for abuse of power and mismanagement,” MACC said in a statement.

The special task force comprises of officers from MACC’s negotiation and checking division, MACC’s investigation division and DBKL’s investigation department.

“The task force will make several recommendations to DBKL on the best way they can strengthen working practices of officers and staff, as well as improve city hall’s systems and procedures,” read the statement.

DBKL project management executive director Datuk Seri Syed Afendy Syed Abid Ali claimed trial yesterday to 18 corruption charges, including accepting bribes and assets estimated at RM4.4 million.