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President Wang meets delegation from Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission

  • PostDate:2012-05-16

Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien met on the morning of May 14 with a delegation from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to exchange views on anti-corruption work and asset declaration by public functionaries. In his welcoming remarks, President Wang thanked Dato' Abu Kassim Mohamed, head of the delegation and chief commissioner of MACC, for the warm reception and gracious hospitality received by the Control Yuan delegation led by Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Hai-chuan to the MACC in July 2011. Mr. Abu Kassim expressed strong interest in learning about the asset declaration work at the Control Yuan, since MACC is about to take charge of monitoring of asset declaration by cabinet ministers. President Wang indicated that an asset-declaration system is insufficient to fight corruption alone and requires supplementary measures as well as policies to disincentivize corruption. He also emphasized that a clean government could only be realized when personnel in anti-corruption agencies are 'cleaner' than anyone else. President Wang presented two gifts to the guests. One was a specially-made mug with a rooster portrait on it. The rooster, Wang said, is a symbol of justice. He recounted a Portuguese tale, in which a villager was accused of theft after a careless investigation. To prove his innocence, he vowed that if what he said was true, the roasted rooster on the dining plate would crow: and so it did, much to the judge's surprise. The villager was released immediately. President Wang stressed that the mug is a reminder to make sure every charge brought by Control Yuan should be supported by solid evidence. Another gift was a yellow apron: a symbol to encourage staff from both organizations to clean up government. After the meeting, the delegation exchanged views on the Control Yuan's implementation of the Sunshine Acts with Mrs. Lin Huei-Mei, Deputy Chief of Department of Asset-Declaration by Public Functionaries. The nearly-hour-long discussion deepened mutual understanding and benefited all of the participants.