Letter to MPs from all parties seeking support for proposal that Malaysia bid to host the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Kuala Lumpur in 1999


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Monday):
I have written to all MPs, from all political parties, seeking their support for the proposal that Malaysia bid to host the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Kuala Lumpur in 1999.

In my letter, I had asked MPs who support the proposal to convey their position to the government through their usual channels, whether through their Ministers in Cabinet, their respective parties or other means.

My letter to the MPs is as follows:

14th July 1997
Kepada Ahli-Ahli Parliament

Yang Berhormat,

Proposal that Malaysia bid to host the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IAAC) in Kuala Lumpur in 1999

I write to seek your support for the proposal that Malaysia should bid to host the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Kuala Lumpur in 1999.

Corruption is regarded as one of the five top barriers deterring international multimedia/IT companies from investing in Malaysia, and there is no more effective way for Malaysia to make an international debut on the world stage to show our seriousness in wanting to wage an all-out war against corruption than to bid to host the 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Kuala Lumpur in 1999.

In September, Malaysia will be participating in the 8th International Anti-Corruption Conference to be held in Lima, Peru from 7 - 11 September 1997. The main themes of the 8th IACC includes:

(1) Defining the challenge of corruption

(2) Sharpening the tools for the fight against corruption

(3) Empowering civil society in the fight against corruption

(4)Broadening international co-operation

The Lima Conference will also have special interest get-togethers for relevant groups, e.g. members of judiciary, MPs, Chambers of Commerce, engineers, Attorney-Generals, bankers, lawyers and special workshops on separate topics in the campaign against corruption.

Malaysia should in fact send a strong delegation to the IACC in Lima in September not only to back the bid for hosting the 9th IACC in 1999, but to show the country’s commitment to be in the vanguard in the world in the fight against corruption. The Malaysian delegation to Lima should include a strong parliamentary component to show Parliamentary support for the bid to host the next IACC in Malaysia in 1999.

It is hoped that you could support the proposal that Malaysia make the bid to host the next IACC Conference by communicating your support to the government through your usual channels.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Lim Kit Siang
Ketua Pembangkang

(14/7/97)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong