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MACC told to continue probe

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Aug 2009: The Anti-Corruption Advisory Board today called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to continue its investigations into corruption cases regardless of the status or background of the individuals involved.

Its chairperson,Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad, said the board opined that MACC had the legal obligation to combat corruption efficiently and effectively.

“The board, which is established under anti-corruption laws, has the responsibility to ensure that the MACC will continue to discharge its duties in an independent, transparent, effective and professional manner to combat corruption, besides ensuring that justice is done to all parties involved,” he said in a statement here today.

On Saturday, MACC Investigation Director Datuk Shukri Abdull was reported as saying that the commission would stop investigating politicians indefinitely as the commission was being slammed by various parties on the way it conducted investigations.

Shukri made the remarks after the MACC was accused of acting aggressively in the arrest of Wong Chuan How, an aide to Selangor state executive councillor Ronnie Liu, in Sungai Pelek on Friday.

Abdul Hamid also said the board, in its meeting today, had thoroughly discussed the remarks made by Shukri. — Bernama

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3 Responses to “MACC told to continue probe”

  1. Nicholas Aw says:

    The MACC investigation director’s reported statement in wanting to stop investigating politicians is ridiculous. This is akin to banning cars off the road because there are too many accidents. Or perhaps there is more than meets the eye since stopping political investigations also means stopping investigating those responsible for the PKFZ scandal.

    If the MACC is able to investigate without fear or favour or even [without] being allegedly biased, then the rakyat will hold this office in high esteem. Unfortunately, its action does not seem to reflect its professionalism.

  2. D. Iaspora says:

    MACC would have gotten laurels if it had acted ethically and professionally in a transparent and humane manner with human dignity in the forefront. Instead, it has all this while behaved like Papa Doc Duvalier’s tonto of Haiti attempting to make the public tremble at its name. It also has ruined its impartiality by making statements not within its purview […].

    It has got to get out of the “hoodlum” state of mind and exhibit a decent way of handling things before the next government in power decides to abolish the commission as an insult to the nation. It will be most unfortunate if it meets such an end. The PDRM is no exception. The CPO of Selangor has the temerity to question the mentri besar of the state. [This] reflects on the quality of our forces looking after the security of the nation.

  3. Jack says:

    Teoh Beng Hock died in the MACC building, [after falling] from its window. Only [and] unless MACC can show evidence [it was] an accident, […] MACC is liable.

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