PUTRAJAYA, Jan. 28 – It is proposed to re-establish a dedicated Ministry of Law with the Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU) as the central organization to ensure that matters related to changes in the law are implemented more effectively.
Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), said a draft proposal was ready but further study of the pros and cons was needed.
In 1957 there was a Ministry of Justice under the Ministry of the Interior before it became the Ministry of Justice in 1959. It was again called the Ministry of Justice in 1992 before being disbanded on May 8, 1995, and later known as the Department of Justice. The BHEUU placed under the supervision of the Department of the Prime Minister (JPM).
Speaking to the media after the BHEUU’s monthly meeting here today, Wan Junaidi said the Ministry of Justice’s recovery plan was justified as there are now nearly 20 agencies under the BHEUU, in addition to having to assume the aspirations and the transformation of the government.
“The government has several business to deal with in Parliament and at the same time if we look at the transformation we are implementing, the government cannot run away from amendments to bills, regulations and many others,” said he declared.
Wan Junaidi will present the proposal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Chief Cabinet Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali to seek agreement in principle before presenting the proposal to Cabinet.
When asked to comment on Malaysia’s position in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021, Wan Junaidi said the country’s position in the index could be improved after legal action is taken. against those involved (in corruption).
He said the country’s position in the CPI was linked to widespread corruption.
“If there are many cases of corruption in a country, but no one raises the issue, it will not be known and the perception will be different. But in our country, people say that there is corruption even for non-corrupt things, it increases the perception. However, I am not saying that corruption does not exist,” he said.
He also said that taking legal action against those involved in corruption could also increase the perception that corrupt activities were “endemic”.
“But Insya-Allah, if the perception increases due to the actions of the MACC and the police, I am quite confident that at some point this (Malaysia’s position in the CPI) will improve” , did he declare.