Pakatan: Don’t just probe Azam Baki, but also Abu Zahar, past MACC chiefs

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The council said Azam and Abu Zahar should go on leave pending an investigation.

Besides Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) chief commissioner Azam Baki, the anti-graft’s Anti-Corruption Advisory Board chairman Abu Zahar Ujang and its past chief commissioners should also be investigated by an independent body, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council said.

Azam and Abu Zahar should go on leave pending an investigation, the council added.

“We reiterate our position that a full investigation must be conducted by an independent body unrelated to the MACC against not only the current chief commissioner, but also against the chief commissioners who have served before.

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“At the same time, the existing chief commissioner and chairman of the MACC advisory board should step aside until the independent investigation is completed,” the PH council said in a statement.

Critics have said it is insufficient for an internal board to clear Azam and that nothing short of an independent probe would do. The Securities Commission has also said it will be questioning Azam over the matter, as the law does not permit the use of trading accounts by those who are not beneficiary owners.

PH said the controversy has undermined the MACC’s integrity and credibility in the eyes of the people and even internationally.

“We cannot accept the statements made by the chief commissioner and MACC advisory board chairman (on the shares).

“The chief commissioner’s statement has indicated that there may have been a breach of law and a conflict of interest involving his share account, which was used to buy millions of shares on behalf of his brother.”

PH also questioned how Abu Zahar had readily accepted Azam’s explanation when a more open and thorough investigation should have been carried out.

PH also said that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob could no longer remain silent and should convene a special parliamentary session to explain the real situation regarding Azam.

The police, too, should open an investigation paper to see if there has been any violation of the law, as has been alleged by various parties, the council said.

Meanwhile, four PKR MPs have lodged a police report against Azam Baki over his role in the purchase of publicly traded stocks.

In the police report, the PKR MPs urged the authorities to investigate Azam after he said he allowed his brother, Nasir Baki, to buy shares using his trading account in 2015.

Johor Bahru MP Akmal Nasir said Azam’s revelation raised serious doubts and suspicions as it potentially violated Section 25 of the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) Act 1991 (Sicda), which states that every security account opened with a central depository must be in the name of the beneficial owner of the deposited securities or in the name of an authorised nominee.

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Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee Malik, Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah, and Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil were the three other PKR MPs who lodged the police report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters today.

After lodging the report, Akmal told a press conference that he did not agree with PAS’s statement earlier today in which its secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said the party was satisfied with Azam’s explanation on his alleged ownership of shares in public-listed companies.

Stating that it was too early for PAS to make such statements, Akmal also hoped that the authorities would conduct a proper investigation on the allegations against Azam.

Fahmi, Maszlee, and Maria called for the allegations to be discussed at a special session of the Dewan Rakyat, with Fahmi also calling for an independent investigation into the claims against Azam.

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“From the beginning, I’ve said that the MACC cannot investigate itself. This will raise many questions,” Fahmi said.

“There needs to be a different and independent party to carry out the investigation – whether it is the police, a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI), or for this to be brought to Parliament.”