Timor Leste and Malaysia sign memorandum to combat corruption

8 September 2015

The memorandum signed between the anti-corruption committees of Malaysia (MACC) and Timor Leste (East Timor) (CAC) aims to promote bilateral ties in the fight against corruption in all its forms, the Deputy Commissioner of MACC said recently.

Datuk Mustafar Ali said the memorandum of understanding that was signed by leaders of the two committees, on behalf of Timor Leste by Commissioner Adérito Tilman, covers areas such as training, exchange of experts and support in the development of human resources.

The Malaysian Deputy Commissioner also said he expected the exchange of information would be an expeditious way to fight corruption in both countries.

This Memorandum of Understanding is the fourteenth to be signed by MACC with similar entities and agencies and, Datuk Mustafar Ali said, is intended to “mutually strengthen our operational capabilities.”

The Timorese Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC), since its inception in 2009, has concluded nearly 30 investigations into alleged corruption involving former members of the Timor Leste government.

The largest number of cases concerned abuse of power, with many involving financial stakes in business, where cases of conflicts of interest are evident involving a “mix of public and private interests” at various levels. (macauhub/TL)