MACC must explain why it is investigating its own officers

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Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki must explain why the commission is investigating a criminal case involving its own officers.

Pasir Gudang member of parliament Hassan Abdul Karim, who is also a member of the Special Committee on Corruption, said until today, there is no other investigation by any others, including the police.

“Yesterday, the committee chaired by Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim discussed the matter with the MACC board of advisers. From the legal point of view, MACC has failed to present the facts; the money kept by MACC is evidence.

“When a piece of evidence is contaminated, this is a criminal offence, not an offence of abuse of power or corruption. The police must be informed,” he told a press conference in Parliament today.

Hassan said the MACC should not investigate its own cases due to conflict of interest when it involved theft, abuse of power and contamination of evidence.

“It is a police case, the MACC cannot investigate itself. As a member of the Special Committee on Corruption and an MP, I demand the MACC chief explain this matter,” he said.

At the same press conference, Fahmi Fadzil (PH-Lembah Pantai) urged police to start an investigation on the matter without waiting for the official report from MACC.

He said there were at least five sections in the Penal Code that could be opened by police to continue with the investigation, including Sections 489, 204 and 379.

“What we gather from the statement by the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director is there is no police report.

“We are worried about what is happening now which can be described as a series of betrayals of trust held by a body entrusted and appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, to ensure the integrity of the government,” he said.

Yesterday, the MACC confirmed that they have arrested three officers to assist in an investigation into abuse of power and malpractice allegations involving a former head of department.

The commission had said the three officers had been ordered placed under remand for six days starting Sept 14 by the magistrate’s court and stressed that there would be no compromise or protection for any of its personnel involved in a criminal act.

Meanwhile, an Umno Supreme Council member has questioned why the MACC only revealed the arrest of three of its officers after the remand period had ended.

This comes after the MACC released a statement yesterday to say that three senior officers had been arrested to assist in an investigation into allegations of abuse of power and malpractice in the case involving “a former department head”.

In a Facebook post, Puad Zarkashi called the timing of the statement “strange”.

“MACC issued a media statement that three of its senior officers were remanded only after the remand period of Sept 14-19 had ended.

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“During that period, there was no news and no pictures of their detention, let alone the reason they were remanded. With other offenders, pictures of them handcuffed in orange shirts will be published,” he said.

Thus, the Umno supreme council member questioned if this suggested some sort of conspiracy was afoot.

“Is there a cover-up? Also, the stolen money should be investigated by the police and not be subject to an internal investigation by the MACC,” he said.