Shocking abuse of power in transfer of MACC directors

Activists fear for country’s future after transfer of MACC directors

Activists have decried the transfer of the two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior personnel to the Prime Minister’s Department, saying that it was shocking and bound to shake the people’s confidence in the country’s system of governance.

Former diplomat Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin of the group of prominent Malays, or G25, said that with the recent spate of happenings including the sacking of the Attorney General and the arrest of members of the task force, it did not look like the Malaysian public will ever get to the bottom of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

“I heard that both of them have been transferred to the admin division of the PM’s Department.

“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to conclude that the motive behind the transfer is to neutralise them and prevent them from completing their work of investigating 1MDB,” she told The Malaysian Insider via a WhatsApp message.

MACC director (special operations) Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and director of strategic communications Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob were transferred yesterday to the Prime Minister’s Department with immediate effect.

Both are expected to report to the department on Monday.

Bahri has been very vocal in his comments against the police over their actions in their investigation against MACC on the alleged leakage of classified government documents in the agency’s 1MDB probe.

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen (pic, below) echoed Noor Farida’s sentiments, saying that he feared that Malaysia was “free falling” into a failed state.

He added, however, while shocked by the latest turn of events, he was not totally surprised as MACC has been under siege for some time now with their investigators arrested and offices raided.

“Clearly this abuse of power, stifling and interfering with MACC’s investigations are not acceptable in any modern and democratic state that values rule of law, good governance and accountability,” Paulsen added.

Paulsen said that instead of being governed by laws implemented by independent state institutions, Malaysia was witnessing brute power “where anything goes and anything can happen”.

Social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir said she was saddened to hear the news, especially after she had just been to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya with other activists to rally support for the anti-graft agency.

Activists fear for country’s future after transfer of MACC directors
8 August 2015 – TMI


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