Attack on MACC an appalling act

Attack on MACC an appalling act — Transparency International Malaysia

AUG 9 — Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) strongly opposes the obstruction of the MACC’s investigations by the police or any other agencies, which is unlawful under Section 48 of the MACC Act.

Since 31st July, seven of the MACCs investigators have either been arrested, detained for questioning, come under investigation, had their homes or offices raided and laptops and documents seized and now as reported, two of their directors have been transferred out of MACC to the PM’s department.

This is a significant hindrance to the investigation and intrusion of MACC’s role.

MACC Special Operations Director Datuk Bahari had stated that the police “wouldn’t do crazy work unless there were hidden hands” ordering them, and Deputy Chief Commissioner Datuk Hj Mustafar Ali affirmed that the police action “had more or less disrupted the smoothness of the investigation process …”

There certainly appears to be a systematic dismantling and neutralization of the MACC, an institution launched by the PM himself for the sole and noble purpose of investigating and eradicating corruption in the nation!

How the tables have turned! It is as if some are allowed to operate above our own anti-corruption laws and immune from MACC’s statutory powers.

The IGP and Deputy IGP have denied interference, yet the occurrence of such events proves otherwise. To put it mildly has the police not acted in a high-handed manner in interfering with the MACC’s probe as reportedly mentioned by one Minister?

With the sudden pre-mature death of the 1MDB taskforce, unjust pressure on public institutions, the replacement of the Attorney General, swift cabinet reshuffle, elevation of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members into the cabinet and clamp down on the media, and now the unprecedented attack on the MACC, public confidence is plummeting as parliamentary democracy is being compromised daily.

The irony of it is that some of these unjustifiable actions are made in the name of preserving parliamentary democracy!

Attack on MACC an appalling act — Transparency International Malaysia
August 9, 2015 – MMO

Let the MACC investigate without impediment — Malaysian Bar

AUG 7 — The Malaysian Bar denounces the current unrelenting onslaught against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with its investigation into the flow of funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd (a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad), as well as funds of RM2.6 billion, into the Prime Minister’s private bank accounts.

It cannot be denied that, since 28 July 2015, MACC personnel have been the focus of a police investigation into allegations of leaking of confidential information and involvement in a supposed conspiracy to overthrow the Government, purportedly in violation of Section 124B of the Penal Code.

In particular, we have seen in recent days the arrest and questioning of Tan Sri Rashpal Singh, a former adviser to the MACC, and Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi, a Deputy Public Prosecutor seconded to the MACC, before they were released.

The latter’s office and home were raided, and documents were reportedly removed.

The police have also questioned senior MACC officers, including Dato’ Hj Bahri Mohamad Zain (Director, Special Operations Division), Datuk Tan Kang Sai (Deputy Director, Special Operations Division), Datuk IG Chandran (Director, Forensic Division), and Tuan Roslan Tuan Mat (Officer, Special Operations Division).

They reportedly arrested two officers — one of whom was the investigator looking into SRC International Sdn Bhd — who were subsequently released. In addition, the police raided the MACC’s Special Operations Division and reportedly removed documents — which may well consist of crucial evidence, particularly concerning the investigation into SRC International Sdn Bhd — from the possession of MACC personnel.

Let the MACC investigate without impediment — Malaysian Bar
August 7, 2015 – MMO

Pagoh Umno slams transfer of MACC officers

Umno grassroot members can’t take it any more, says division leader, urging Najib to step down

JOHOR BAHRU: Another Johor Umno leader has criticised party leader Najib Razak, urging him to “go on holiday, step down” in the face of public criticism about his handling of the affairs of the government’s strategic investment arm 1Malaysia Development Bhd, and his sacking of internal party critics from the Cabinet.

Pagoh Umno deputy leader Ismail Mohamed described as unacceptable the government’s sudden transfer of two senior anti-corruption officers involved in the investigations into 1MDB.

On Friday, MACC special operations director Bahri Mohd Zin and strategic communications director Rohaizad Yaakob were ordered to report to the Prime Minister’s Department on Monday, sparking a protest from the agency’s deputy commissioner in a message from the United States.

“If we want to find the truth, we should not change the officers. These officers felt like they were tortured and pressured,” he said.

Bahri was heading the investigation into former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd which has been implicated in news reports about a transfer of RM42 million in 1MDB-linked funds to Najib Razak’s personal bank account.

The MACC has accused “hidden hands” as being behind the police action against MACC investigators.

Referring to Najib’s ouster of deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin from the Cabinet, Ismail said: “What has happened to our leader to the extent he wants to destroy Umno?

Speaking at the divisional annual meeting this morning, which was opened by Muhyiddin, Ismail said: “The leader should go on holiday, step down”, without referring to Najib by name.

Pagoh Umno slams transfer of MACC officers
August 8, 2015 – FMT


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