PERTH, 6 Aug 2009: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there are groups in Malaysia who are planning to remove the credibility of and erode public confidence in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
He said they were the same people who had previously called for the establishment of such a commission with independent power to investigate anyone, but when this was implemented, they were not happy.
He said they wanted to bring down the image and integrity of the MACC officers so that whatever the agency did would not get the confidence of the people.
Everyone must have confidence in the MACC because it was an independent body that was accorded a royal status, Muhyiddin told reporters here when asked on the death threat made on MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan.
The deputy prime minister arrived here yesterday for a five-day working visit.
He said when public confidence in the MACC had been eroded, the group concerned believed that the public would also lose confidence in the government.
“That is their motive. That is why they question [the MACC's] integrity and its actions. The opposition’s purpose is politically motivated,” he said.
Muhyiddin described the death threat as a malicious act that was politically motivated, to cause fear to the MACC officers so that they would not discharge their responsibilities.
“I read the report on it. [The threat] should not have been made. We must have confidence in our institutions,” he said. — Bernama