PUTRAJAYA – The Special Committee on Corruption (SCC) is confident that the creation of a special independent panel by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will repel the possibility of negative perception being formed against the MACC.
SCC Chairman Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang said the independent panel which was being set up for the first time would also allow the MACC to carry out investigations independently, and in a transparent and professional manner.
In fact, the SCC believed that the move was crucial as the current probe carried out by the MACC involved a special high-profile case, said Abu Zahar, who is also the Senate President.
“The SCC also gives its assurance that the formation of the special panel does not challenge or affect the powers of the Attorney-General as provided for under the Federal Constitution in making its decision because such legal provision is always protected,” he said in a statement, here Tuesday.
Recently, the MACC had received a proposal from the SCC which was made in its 2014 Annual Report that the findings and outcome of investigations on special high-profile cases be tabled before a special independent panel prior to being presented to the Attorney-General for a final decision.
Abu Zahar, in welcoming the formation of the special independent panel, said the special panel comprised five members, who were members of three of the five independent bodies monitoring the progress of the MACC as recommended by the SCC.
“In the meeting of the MACC Top Management on Dec 22, MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed had reached agreement on the appointment of the members of the special independent panel, comprising professionals and who are not involved in political parties,” he said.
He added that the special independent panel would scrutinise all the findings and recommendations made by the MACC regarding the SRC International case and the RM2.6 billion fund in its investigation papers.
He said the panel would ensure that the recommendations made in its investigation report were based on the merits of the evidence gathered by the MACC, besides ensuring that the MACC investigation was transparent.