Hope #38: A government with check and balance

Civil society and opposition politicians have also narrowed in on the conflict of interest between Tabung Haji top executives and board members, who also hold positions in 1MDB, although the pilgrims’ fund has said it was careful to ensure that such persons abstained from the decision-making.

Aziz said the problem stemmed from the fact that the prime minister was also the finance minister, and this removed all checks and balances and created a conflict of interest.

Aziz said this practice began during the time of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, when the then-prime minister sacked former finance minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from government in 1998 and took over the latter’s portfolio.

Universiti Malaya (UM) Associate law professor Dr Azmi Sharom (pic, right) echoed Aziz’s opinion and said that the Cabinet was crippled by the fact that Datuk Seri Najib Razak held two portfolios.

“The issue here is check and balance,” Azmi told The Malaysian Insider.

source: Malaysian Insider

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