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Speaker can be investigated for alleged misconduct

ALOR GAJAH, 4 MARCH 2009: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has the power to investigate allegations of misconduct against Perak State Legislative Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar.

“He is not immune from action under the law. Investigation can be made if he had acted beyond the scope of his official duties,” MACC’s Legal and Prosecution Division Director Datuk Abdul Razak Musa told reporters.

Yesterday, Sivakumar called an “emergency session” of the state legislative assembly about 100m from the Perak Darul Ridzuan building, which houses the state legislative assembly.

The session was held under a tree after police stopped Sivakumar and 27 Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons from entering the building because the sitting was deemed illegal.

Meanwhile, MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan said the MACC had completed its investigation on claims of money politics in Umno and found no cases so far.

Ahmad Said also said the MACC needed more non-Malay officers, as well as those from Sabah and Sarawak.

He said the MACC was in the process of appointing 5,000 officers nationwide and was now filling up 182 posts. — Bernama

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