KUCHING – The transfer of two Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency (MACC) officers to the Prime Minister’s Department has no connection with the police but is an administrative matter by the Public Service Department (PSD).
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said every government officer was subjected to the directives and circulars in the General Orders set by the PSD and signed by every government officer who received their appointment as ‘aku janji’ (pledge).
He said this at a media conference in the Kuching International Airport before departing for the federal capital at the conclusion of his two-day visit to Sarawak.
Prior to this, the media reported that MACC Special Operations Division director Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and Strategic Communications Division director Datuk Rohaizad Yaacob were transferred with immediate effect to the Prime Minister’s Department and were directed to report themselves tomorrow.
In a separate development, Ahmad Zahid said he chose Sarawak as the first state he visited after being appointed as deputy prime minister in the Cabinet reshuffle on July 28 as it was in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s committment to help the state of Sarawak.
The move, he said, was in tandem with the commitment of the prime minister and former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to assist Sarawak even though the projects approved were not in the main policy structure of the state.
“However because of the federal government’s concern to see that the infrastructure and development element in all aspects get implemented, I together with the prime minister are committed in implementing them as requested by Sarawak chief minister (Tan Sri Adenan Satem),” said Ahmad Zahid.
The deputy prime minister said he would make regular visits to Sarawak, especially to target areas that were identified to ensure the implementation of projects that were promised.
Meanwhile Ahmad Zahid congratulated the Sarawak state government, especially Sarawak Barisan Nasional, for its success in setting aside the High Court’s ruling in its appeal on the proposed redelineation of state electoral boundaries in the Court of Appeal yesterday.
“This shows its sincerity in increasing the number of state seats not only in accordance to the existing laws but also because Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, hence it is logical,” he said.
On the date of the state election, Ahmad Zahid said it was the right of the state government to decide on it after consulting the Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri and informing the Election Commission (EC).
He said the federal government and national BN were ready to help Sarawak BN and state government not only to garner support in the areas that were won in the last general election but also in the new seats.
“I am confident with the close cooperation and all the programmes being organised, BN can win all the new seats and additonal ones being regained,” he said.
On his courtesy call on Yang Dipertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, Ahmad Zahid said he thanked the former for his advise and views in all aspects.
“Tun is more knowledgeable in analysing all situations and I hope my personal ties with him will strengthen links, official relationship between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching or the federal and state government,” he said. – BERNAMA