Thursday October 4, 2012
Najib: Cooperation with international community vital to check graft
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Government recognises the need for cooperation with the international community in pursuing anti-corruption efforts within the country, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Fighting corruption was now an integral part of the Government's ambitious plans to transform the Government and accelerate economic growth in Malaysia, he pointed out.
Najib said this in his welcoming message in conjunction with the Sixth International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities annual general meeting and conference here, which will be held from today to Oct 7.
With the theme UNCAC Chapter VI: Technical Assistance and Information Exchange', the forum at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre will be attended by over 1,000 anti-corruption officers from more than 100 countries.
Describing corruption as a threat to national security, Najib said it jeopardised the country's financial well-being, socio-economic development efforts and most importantly, the nation's moral fabric in the long term.
The conference, which is the biggest among anti-corruption agencies, will cover five key areas on anti-corruption efforts - prevention, capacity building, operations, investigation and legal framework.
Speakers include the president of the European Partners Against Corruption Martin Kreutner, European Anti-Fraud Office director-general Givanni Kessler, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala and representatives from the international police organisation (Interpol). ‑ Bernama