Selangor the only state to yet adopt the anti-corruption pledge and reports of its refusal to do so have left the MACC chief “speechless”.
Selangor executive councillor Iskandar Abdul Samad reportedly said that the state government would not sign the anti-corruption pledge, as it had better methods to prevent graft and abuse of power by all quarters, including the civil servants, according to a Malay daily.
“My comment is, I am speechless. Let the rakyat evaluate, that is all,” the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad responded when asked to comment on the report.
“Selangor says it does not want to sign. I read about that in the newspaper, so I don’t know whether that is really the stand of the state government,” he told a press conference today.
Selangor is the only state government that has not adopted the anti-graft pledge.
On the question of why former Felda chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad was not handcuffed when he was brought to court to be remanded on Wednesday, Dzulkifli said it was the prerogative of the MACC officer to determine if a person should be handcuffed.
“I believe my officer in this case who exercised his prerogative has a valid reason,” the MACC chief said.
The MACC chief was also asked for his comments on the allegation by Padang Serai MP N Surendran that the commission was in breach of Article 5 of the Federal Constitution by making detainees wear the orange lock-up attire.
“If any provision under the law is unconstitutional, take it up in court and challenge, that is what the court is for,” Dzulkifli said.