Rafizi: Govt just wants MACC unfettered, no vendetta on Azam

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Rafizi had reportedly said during a Nov 16 speech that Azam Baki would be called up if PH formed the govt after GE15.

Rafizi Ramli says the intention of his remarks about Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki was for the anti-graft body to be made fully independent.

The Economy Minister said his apparent promise to “go after” Azam if Pakatan Harapan won GE15 was misconstrued.

“I don’t think that’s exactly what I said. I think it makes (a good) political sound bite or a news bite but what I meant was that, should (we) take over (as) the new government…the priority is to make everything independent and by the law,” he told his maiden press conference after clocking in at the ministry on Monday (Dec 5) morning.

“It is not just Azam Baki or anyone or even myself…we have to really be careful with what we do because hopefully (once) we make sure there is no interference, all the institutions are independent and the checks and balances work, then everyone should stay on the right course,” he added.

Rafizi had reportedly said during a Nov 16 speech in Johor that Azam would be called up if Pakatan formed the government after GE15.

He said that Azam would be held responsible for all of the alleged irregularities that the MACC conducted regarding the raids and seizures from the office of Invoke Solutions Sdn Bhd. – The Star