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KUALA LUMPUR – The people have been urged to protect the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) from meddling by other quarters which can affect its independence.

MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kasim Mohamed said lawmakers regardless of political differences should unite and help to create a totally independent
anti-corruption institution.

“Prosecutors in Malaysia who are responsible for initiating prosecution must act without fear or favour in carrying out the task entrusted,” he said in a statement issued to mark the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) today.

Abu Kasim also reminded the MACC members to always act without fear or favour in any given situation.

He said the MACC would not condone any form of immunity in the investigation conducted by its members.

“We believe that in order to avoid being involved in the issue of immunity, all institutions in the criminal justice system must act in accordance with the merits of each case,” he added. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will host the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) from Sept 2–4 in Putrajaya.

Held in collaboration with Transparency International, the 3-day conference carries the theme ‘Ending Impunity: People, Integrity, Action’ and aims to support, empower and engage people from a broad spectrum of society in over 130 countries to stand up against corruption.

Its objectives are to showcase game-changing anti-corruption solutions and the people behind them, engage new audiences in the fight against corruption, and promote a culture of integrity in all sectors of society to achieve sustained positive change.

People in the public and private sectors, civil society, and youth organisations will converge to look for ways to strengthen anti-corruption measures, enhance transparency and accountability, and put an end to impunity from corruption by bringing the corrupt to face the full measure of the law.

“More than 2,000 anti-corruption fighters will meet and take stock of where we are in the global war against corruption and were we need to be,” Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said to Bernama.

Participants will share best practices and discuss the latest developments in initiatives and tools to resolve corruption.

SHARING BEST PRACTICES

As host, the MACC will bring to the table Malaysia’s achievements and success in fighting corruption.

Malaysia has put in place regulations and processes, which have been assessed as compliant with global standards.

Malaysia’s anti-corruption initiatives under the Government Transformation Programme have received positive reviews from the United Nations Office against Drugs and Corruption (UNODC).

On Feb 7, 2014, the UNODC released its review findings on Malaysia’s compliance with recommendations made in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The report listed 23 good practices in fighting corruption in Malaysia– the highest number out of 168 countries reviewed.

To promote good governance and integrity in the civil service, the Government has established 800 integrity units spread across every government ministry, agency and government-linked corporations (GLCs).

Each integrity unit is helmed by a Certified Integrity Officer (CeIO) trained at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy. These CeIOs will carry out the necessary restructuring programme to enhance governance and integrity in their particular ministry, agency or GLC.

Low chairs the national level Governance and Integrity Committee or JITU, and reports matters concerning governance and integrity to the cabinet.

‘BAPTISM OF FIRE’

However, despite these achievements, recent developments in the country have placed Malaysia – particularly the MACC – in the cross hair of the international community especially Transparency International.

The country faces an unprecedented test of its governance at the highest level.

Key regulatory and enforcement officials have either been abruptly transferred or promoted away, putting investigations to a halt. An inter-agency task force in the thick of investigating financial irregularities was disbanded.

The investigators are being investigated. Consequently, this has cast a pall on the independence of the institutions concerned.

Low, the former Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president, said the MACC is undergoing its baptism of fire and conference participants would no doubt be interested in how the MACC would go about its ways given the present circumstances.

“We have to learn and understand what happened, why it happened, what the consequences are, and how to prevent them in future,” Low said.

The test that lies before regulators and enforcement agencies, especially the MACC, is to what extent they are able to maintain law and order, uphold integrity, and do what is right and necessary according to the mandate given to them, he said. – BERNAMA

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PETALING JAYA: Moments after the announcement of the reinstatement of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) special operations director Datuk Bahri Mohd Zin, his wife took to Facebook to thank the public for their support.

“I thank Allah for answering my prayers and I thank all Malaysians,” said Datin Noor Haslina Abdullah in a Facebook post on Monday.

“My husband Datuk Bahri and Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob have once again been returned to MACC.

“Thank you for your prayers and moral support. Thank you for all the positive WhatsApp messages, calls, Telegram and messages,” wrote Noor Haslina.

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In another message on her Facebook page, she also thanked Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin for his support.

On Monday, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa had revoked the transfer orders for the two MACC directors to the Prime Minister’s Department as he was satisfied with their explanations.

Bahri and Rohaizad, who is MACC’s strategic communications director, were transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department on Friday over “disciplinary issues”.

Rohaizad was believed to have been transferred over his “soft approach” on Opposition leaders when they visited the MACC headquarters on Thursday.

Bahri was believed to have been transferred over his criticism of the police investigation on MACC officers.

The transfers were cancelled following a meeting between the two, Ali Hamsa and Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Zabidi Zainal in Putrajaya.

Bahri was among those questioned by Bukit Aman in connection with the leakage of information over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) probe.

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PUTRAJAYA – Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN) Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa today cancelled the transfer of two senior officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to the Prime Minister’s Department which was announced last Friday.

Ali said in a statement that the two officers – MACC director of Special Operations Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and director of Strategic Communications Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob – were reinstated to their original posts in the commission effective today.

Ali said he and Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal had met with the two MACC senior officers involved in the transfer.

He said both officers had clarified on their action of making a media statement.

“Following their clarification, I decided to cancel their transfer to the PM’s Department and they are to return to their original posts in the MACC effective today,” he added.

On Aug 7, the two officers were reported to be transferred and ordered to report to the PM’s Department Monday.

– BERNAMA

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SEPANG – Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull arrived here tonight after being in the United States (US) on business for 10 days.

His arrival at the KL International Airport (KLIA) on a flight from Dubai at 9.40pm was escorted by MACC officials as several media representatives were waiting to get his comments concerning the immediate transfer of two of his officers to the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM).

He only said that he would speak to the media later as he had to settle several matters beforehand.

“It is not safe (to comment on it here). Let me settle the matter first.
“Later I will speak to you,” he said as he walked out of the KLIA terminal building escorted by MACC officials and several top management of the commission.

Also present to greet him at the airport were the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali and several senior officers of the MACC. – BERNAMA

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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

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PUTRAJAYA – No further action will be taken against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers called in to give their statements over the leakage of information on social media, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In giving the assurance, Ahmad Zahid, who is also the home minister, said the MACC officers were required by the police to only give their statements.

“I guarantee that there will be no arrests of MACC officers by the police, only to take their statements. I guarantee that there will be no further action.

“We do not want information to be leaked out before there is a conclusion of investigations,” he told reporters after Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali paid a courtesy call on him here today.

Zahid said any arrest of MACC officers in the future would be in compliance with police investigation procedures.

Zahid also said that the investigation into the information leak on social media was focused not only on the MACC but also other agencies.

The deputy prime minister said the leakage should not have happened as the information was protected under the Official Secrets Act 1972.

“Of course, we suspect a hidden agenda behind the leakage. No country in the world allows leakage of information,” he said.

Asked to comment on the statement by MACC Special Operations Division director Datuk Bahari Mohammad Zin on the “invisible hand” which had directed the police action against the MACC, Zahid said: “It was not an official statement of the MACC; the individual concerned was expressing his frustration at what happened.”

The MACC is involved in the investigation into SRC International and the issue of RM2.6 billion having been deposited into a bank account of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Ahmad Zahid said the good relations between the police and MACC should be maintained to enhance the trustworthiness, integrity and credibility of all
concerned. – BERNAMA

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PUTRAJAYA – Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali said the arrest of its officers by the police had to some extent jeopardised investigation on SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) and the RM2.6-billion fund issue.

“During an investigation when action is taken on an investigating officer, it somewhat jeorpardises the investigation,” he told reporters at the MACC Special Operations Division office here today.

He said the arrest of an investigating officer would jeopardise the investigation process as some equipment like laptops and documents would be taken away by the police.

Asked about the period of the investigation, Mustafar said he could not say when the investigation would be completed but “in undertaking our transparent and professional action, we surely want to implement our work as smoothly as possible”.

“That is our role based on the standard operating procedure and so on but after we complete the probe, we will surely submit the papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action,” he said. – BERNAMA

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PUTRAJAYA: In light of recent events, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) held solat hajat (special prayers) for their staff at their headquarters here on Tuesday.

“The best is to ask Allah for the best for us. Today, we do this together in our office, so it will give us satisfaction, to depend on Allah and His guidance,” said former deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Zakaria Jaffar.

When asked if the prayers had anything to do with the recent arrests, he did not reply and walked away.

Earlier he said the solar hajat was held to ask that Allah decree the best for MACC’s staff, their families, their communities and the “country that we love”.

Zachary said corruption stemmed from illegal doings, and said that the prayers beseeched Allah for a corruption-free Malaysia.

On Monday, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said more MACC officers will be among those called up to have their statements recorded by the police.

In a statement issued on the same day, the commission had given an assurance that none of its officers were involved in any conspiracy to topple the Government.

Police had earlier questioned MACC officials – two division directors and a senior officer – over alleged leak of documents related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigations.

Las Saturday, police had searched the home of DPP Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi and at his MACC office.

This came after the arrests of former MAC advisory board member Tan Sri Rashpal Singh and Attorney-General’s Chambers finance and anti-money laundering secretariat member Jessica Gurmeet Kaur to assist police investigations on the alleged leak.

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This is what a blogger said:

“Well, first they demand that Najib reveal where that money came from if not from 1MDB. And now they say that whatever Najib is going to reveal is going to be a lie. Diam pun salah, cakap pun salah. Apa lagi mereka mahu?”

It was just a month ago when such allegations was first revealed by WSJ on July 3rd.

Understandably, the MACC took some time to investigate this before clearing Najib of the RM2.6b as they probably had to ask each and every contributor to confirm if it is indeed them who contributed.

Whether it is from one Middle East source as alleged by Muhyiddin in his suspiciously leaked 53 sec video remains to be seen as MACC did not say it was from Middle East and specifially said “donors” and not “a donor”.

Malaysians are understandably angry or in utter disbelief when told by MACC that the RM2.6 billion came from campaign contributions by unknown sources.

We now demand to know who are the contributors in order to proof that the RM2.6b was indeed campaign contributions.

This is a VERY FAIR question to ask.

Najib or MACC should release the names of donors – even though the donors may not want to reveal their names.

But people soon forget very fast that 3 days ago on Saturday, Najib had already said that he WILL declare the sources of Umno’s political funding…. but only if the Opposition does the same.

“I can explain the source of political funding only if the opposition also agrees to do the same, DAP and PKR especially,” said.

Najib said his efforts to legislate transparency in political funding in 2009 were “shot down by DAP”, but added that he is ready to make a second effort for such legislature.

“I don’t mind, I can list who donates to the party to be transparent but DAP doesn’t agree to publicising political funding.

“Why? Because they have something to do hide,” he said

Fair or not?

Thus, if we want to know the donors of these RM2.6 billion, we will need to press ALL parties to show their list of donors too.

Fair or not?

Text: Lim Sian See