Panel chief: Gomez’s emails did not mention Azam’s alleged wrongdoings

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The two purported emails sent by economist Edmund Terence Gomez to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel did not touch on any misconduct issue involving chief commissioner Azam Baki, Borhan Dollah said.

The panel chief said Gomez had only sought a meeting to restore the image of the graft buster.

According to Borhan, Gomez had expressed worry over MACC’s image, which is often attacked by various parties.

“I replied that I would consider calling for a meeting and I contacted the MACC secretariat for an opinion as this was not within the panel’s jurisdiction.

“Suddenly, he resigned and raised the issue as if the panel did not care about the alleged misconduct of the MACC chief and he did not raise the alleged misconduct when he sent me the emails,” he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian.

Gomez had sent three emails to Borhan, asking the penal to call a meeting to discuss the alleged wrongdoings by Azam.

However, Borhan did not mention a third email in his response today.

Gomez, who is a member of the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel, yesterday resigned in protest against its inaction against Azam’s alleged ownership of millions in publicly traded stocks.

He said he had brought the matter to Borhan’s attention on November 12, urging the latter to convene a meeting to discuss the “critical issue of national interest”.

Borhan had responded to Gomez, agreeing to convene the meeting, which has yet to materialise.

Pejuang this afternoon urged the MACC chief to be put on garden leave pending an investigation by the authorities.

Pejuang’s Ulya Aqamah Husamudin has called Gomez’s resignation “shocking” and “worrying”.

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) also urged MACC and the cabinet to explain the delays in responding to the serious allegations.

TI-M, in a statement today, said the allegations must be investigated transparently and urgently.

Borhan also told the Malay daily that Gomez should understand the responsibility of the panel, which is meant to discuss and make recommendations on the anti-corruption awareness programme.

He added that the academic should instead report to the Public Service Department director-general Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman if he found any misconduct committed by the MACC chief. – TMI