25 May 2007

President of LAWASIA to head Fiji's anti-corruption commission

6:58 am on 25 May 2007

The president of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific or LAWASIA, Mah Weng Kwai of Malaysia, has been appointed to be the Commissioner of the new Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Mr Kwai is a former prosecutor for the Corruption Commission of Malaysia and former president of the Malaysian Bar Council who headed the LAWASIA fact-finding mission to Fiji in March

Mr Kwai will begin work in Fiji in three weeks following his appointment by President Iloilo for a term of five years.

The interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says it is a major feat to get someone of Mr Kwai's international reputation and standing who brings a wealth of experience to help Fiji.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji is in the process of tapping resources from other competent jurisdictions that have similar commissions such as Honk Kong.

New Zealand lawyer Grant Tyrrell has been appointed to help in the prosecution of charges laid by the Corruption Commission.

Meanwhile, President Iloilo has also appointed lawyer Mohammed Kamal-Udin Sahu Khan as chairman of the Electoral Commission.

Three new members appointed to the Electoral Commission are former British army soldier, academic and former MP, Dr Fereti Dewa, Father Dr David Arms and Talei Burness.

All have been appointed to five-year terms.