The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has deleted its Twitter account @SPRMMalaysia.
Social media users first spotted it yesterday when they noticed that the anti-graft body had purged its own tweets before proceeding to deactivate the account.
Twitter user, @1Obefiend, said, “SPRM deactivated Twitter? A way to let Twitter delete old tweets and start anew? There’s plenty of tweets exposing people currently in government for corruption in their timeline prior to this”.
Another Twitter user, @naimzin91, asked cheekily if the account was deleted because corruption had been eradicated by the new government.
“Wah. Berkat pimpinan kerajaan Malayu Islam, kes rasuah sudan tidak wujud di Malaysia. Kesian pegawai2 SPRM lepas ni tak ada job.”
Another user, @shrikeworks, said that it is not surprising as some Perikatan Nasional (PN) ministers have similarly deleted their Twitter accounts.
When asked why the agency’s Twitter account has been deleted, an MACC officer said they were having “technical problems”, including with the organisation’s website, but did not elaborate.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff had deleted her Twitter account in March after coming under fire for some of her comments on Covid-19.
MACC’s Twitter account was created in January 2011 and had garnered more than 87,000 followers. The anti-corruption body’s Facebook account and radio station, MACC.fm, however are still online as of today.
This comes just two months after Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin formed the PN government with Umno, PAS and Gabungan Parti Sarawak.
Under the Pakatan Harapan government, MACC was widely praised for being more vocal and transparent in its investigations under the new chief Latheefa Koya.
On January 8, two months before Muhyiddin took over, MACC had released nine voice recordings that featured former prime minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, ex-MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad, Umno MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim and other parties conspiring to manipulate information regarding the 1Malaysia Development Bhd and SRC International corruption cases.
The recordings, said MACC, showed a clear case of abuse of power, conspiracy, fabrication of evidence and leaking of state secrets.
But shortly after Muhyiddin had taken over, Latheefa resigned from MACC. There has been no updates from the police or MACC on the audio case since then. – TMI