Kit Siang: Will MACC Reopen Probe into Apandi?

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DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today urged newly-minted Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya to shed some light on whether the anti-graft agency will reopen the investigation into former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali, who cleared Najib Razak of corruption in 2016.

The Iskandar Puteri MP claimed to have learned that an MACC officer had lodged a report against Apandi in January 2016 for abuse of power and conflict of interest.

This was in relation to Apandi clearing then prime minister Najib Razak of any wrongdoing in regard to the 1MDB and SRC International scandals.

“This in itself is an offence under Section 217 of the Penal Code which says that any public servant who is statutorily bound to perform a public duty and fails to do so, intending to protect or save any person from punishment or forfeiture of property commits an offence.

“And Section 7 of the MACC Act makes it a statutory duty for any MACC officer to receive any report of the commission of an offence and investigate such report,” he said in a statement.

Lim said the report was never fully investigated by the MACC then.

He added that the report was again brought to the attention of then MACC chief Mohd Shukri Abdull on May 19, 2018.

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“Maybe when the new MACC chief, Latheeya Koya, appears before the parliamentary Special Select Committee on Major Public Appointments on June 20 to share her vision and mission to fight corruption, she could throw some light on whether the MACC would re-open the investigation into Apandi,” he said in a statement.

Lim also suggested that the MACC officer or officers who decided not to pursue the matter could be in dereliction of duty.

Previously, Malaysiakini cited a high-ranking MACC source saying that there was no probe against Apandi.

In clearing Najib of the RM2.6 billion donation scandal, Apandi said he was satisfied, based on evidence from witnesses and supporting documents submitted by MACC, that the original sum of US$681 million transferred between March 22 and April 10, 2013, was a “personal donation from the Saudi royal family given to him (Najib) without any consideration”.

As for the RM42 million from SRC, Apandi declared that Najib had no knowledge, nor was he informed, that the funds were transferred into his accounts in late 2014 and early 2015.

Apandi was appointed as attorney-general on July 27, 2015. He replaced Gani, who was reportedly removed due to health reasons.

Apandi was told to go on leave after refusing to resign despite pressure from the Pakatan Harapan government led by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He was replaced by Tommy Thomas in June last year.