Kit Siang calls for motion to remove Azam

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MACC chief no longer an example of integrity in public service.

Members of Parliament should move a motion for Azam Baki to be removed as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner when Parliament convenes for a new session on February 28, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said.

He said Azam is no longer an example of integrity in public service.

“If the MACC chief commissioner cannot be a public example of integrity and accountability in the public service, then the basic purpose of the MACC Act (to fight corruption) is being defeated.

“This is why Azam should resign or go on leave immediately unless he is prepared to appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee to clear himself of the serious conflict-of-interest allegations,” Lim, who is Iskandar Puteri MP, said in a statement.

Earlier this afternoon, the Securities Commission (SC) said it was unable to conclude if Azam had breached the law in the use of his trading account by his brother.

The SC said it had concluded investigations under section 25(4) of the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) Act 1991, which stipulates that every securities account opened with a central depository must be in the name of the beneficial owner of the deposited securities or an authorised nominee.

The SC said it could not conclusively establish if a breach of law had occurred.

Azam has also refused to attend a meeting of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee on Agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department initially scheduled for tomorrow.

That meeting is now postponed indefinitely after Azam wrote to its chairman, Kuala Krai MP Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman, saying that calling for the meeting was a breach of Parliament’s Standing Orders.

Lim said Azam had also shown a lack of integrity by suing the journalist who first reported the allegations of shares ownership against him.

“The court and the parliamentary proceedings deal with different questions – the former on whether he had been defamed and the latter on whether he has the integrity and accountability to lead the MACC.

In fact, Azam should withdraw his defamation suit as his legal action against a whistle-blower is a major negative point against him for having the integrity and accountability to lead the MACC.”

The allegations concern shares Azam owned in two public listed companies in 2015 and 2016 when he was MACC’s director of investigations.

He said to the press on January 5 that his brother had borrowed his trading account to buy the shares, which were later transferred to the brother.

Azam also said he refuses to resign as only the Yang di-Pertuan Agong could remove him from the position. – TMI


Earlier reports:

Jan 18, Kit Siang: ‘Azamgate’ may trigger Johor election, GE15 after CNY

Jan 9, Kit Siang: MACC leadership’s backing of Azam meaningless

Jan 6, Kit Siang: Law says MACC advisory board cannot clear Azam Baki

Jan 5, Kit Siang urges Azam to clear name before parliamentary select committee

Jan 4, Kit Siang: PM should sack Azam Baki if uncooperative with PSC probe

Jan 3, Kit Siang: Azam Baki should volunteer for PSC probe or quit

Dec 28, Kit Siang: PM must end silence over claims against Azam Baki