Monday September 10, 2012
International anti-graft community lauds MACC’s efforts
KUALA LUMPUR: Martin Kreutner, the President of European Partners Against Corruption (EPAC) network and a prominent figure in the international anti-corruption circle, has praised the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as one of the world’s most esteemed organisation of its kind among the international community.
In the same manner, he said that MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed is also one of the most recognised and esteemed among anti-corruption experts and the international community.
Abu Kassim is also a member of the Interpol Group of Experts on Corruption and an executive committee member of the International Academic Advisory Board of the Vienna-based International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).
Kreutner, who was on a visit to Malaysia recently, said the IACA and MACC would soon sign a memorandum of understanding to begin a joint effort to initiate the first International Masters Programme in anti-corruption under which part of the programme is set to be conducted at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) here.
The 24-month Masters Programme for anti-corruption professionals, police officers, judges and other enforcement agency officers, will be launched on the 9th December to coincide with World Anti-Corruption Day.
The first will be a full-pledged programme covering the areas of global corruption studies and addressing corruption from various perspectives.
The programme will have participants from five continents and all regions.
“The modules will reflect the common understanding and international cooperation in fighting corruption which has become very important and therefore we place a strong emphasis on international cooperation,” he said.
Asked on the educational approach to combat corruption, billed as the world’s second oldest profession, he said countries need to go into the inter-generational approach, starting with addressing children and youngsters.