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PETALING JAYA: The Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (LPPR) has called on all parties, including politicians, not to prejudge investigations into Mara Inc’s controversial Melbourne property investments.

The independent body set up in 2009 to advise the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said the anti-graft busters should be given room to conduct a full and thorough investigation.

In a statement, it urged all parties to be patient and refrain from making statements which could further confuse the issue and jeopardise the image of the MACC.

LPPR said there had never been an issue of cover-up by MACC and described DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s move to politicise the issue as irresponsible.

On Saturday, MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull (pic) denied Lim’s “cover-up” allegations and pointed out that investigations started in March 2015 and not last year as claimed.

Besides LPPR, there are four other bodies set up as a check and balance mechanism to monitor the MACC.

These are the Special Committee on Corruption (SCC), the Complaints Committee (CC), the Operations Review Panel (ORP) and the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel (CCPP).

Lim, in a separate statement, questioned why MACC had only sent an officer to Melbourne after the expose in Australian daily The Age when they received the tip-off in March.

“The MACC, which is asking for parliamentary support for more powers requiring an amendment to the Malaysian Constitution, must realise that its performance in the investigations into the Mara Inc property corruption in Australia is a great disappointment and not impressive at all,” said Lim.

Last Tuesday, The Age reported a British Virgin Island company called Thrushcross was used by Malaysian officials to effect the purchases of Melbourne properties amounting to A$80mil (RM232mil).

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