MACC cannot probe itself, says Gobind after 3 officers detained

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Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Puchong) wants to know why the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is investigating itself after it arrested three of its officers in investigations involving “a former department head”.

The arrest of the three MACC officers came a day after the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department denied that it was “afraid” to investigate reports against three MACC officers for allegedly stealing confiscated money.

The Edisi Siasat blog had alleged that former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid tried to reclaim US$6 million (RM25.1 million) in cash that was confiscated from a Cyberjaya apartment after she was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal in her criminal breach of trust case in April.

According to the blog, Hasanah had claimed that part of the cash was missing and was replaced by counterfeit notes, and that she had made a report on the matter.

In Parliament today, Gobind asked why the anti-graft agency was probing its three officers instead of the police, questioning if it would become another internal probe similar to that being conducted over claims of a cartel in the police force.

“First, this is a case involving the theft of case items. Cases of theft come under police jurisdiction. So why did MACC make the arrests? This is a matter involving MACC officers, we can’t ask MACC to probe itself.

“The question is what happened to the money? This is money related to a court case. It is claimed that part of the US$6 million is missing.

“I ask that this case be investigated by an independent body that can show transparency in its investigations,” he said when debating the King’s speech in the Dewan Rakyat.

When asked by Fahmi Fadzil (PH-Lembah Pantai) if MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki should go on leave until the case was resolved, Gobind asked for his Pakatan Harapan colleague’s query to be included in his speech.

Gobind also lamented how there was still no update on an internal police probe on former inspector-general of police (IGP) Abdul Hamid Bador’s claims of a cartel within the force, reiterating that the matter should not be probed internally. – FMT