Tuesday, January 18, 2022

No political interference in high-profile cases, MACC assures

MACC chief says the prime minister himself has given his word that there will be no interference in the agency's work.

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday assured that investigations into cases involving politicians are free from government interference.

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had given his commitment to the agency to crack down on corruption cases involving politicians and government officials.

“The current government does not interfere, and the prime minister himself gave his word that he would not interfere in corruption cases whether by political leaders or government officers,” he said on a programme aired online last night.

“Even if there are allegations about Cabinet members, he said to go ahead. He does not want to get involved.”

Azam added that politicians had never meddled with the handling of cases throughout his career as MACC chief.

He also pledged that investigations into high-profile cases would not be influenced by any such interference.

“I do not deny that there are those who have asked,” he added. “It wouldn’t be logical if no one asked.

“But I assure you, they only asked. They will not affect our decisions in the course of our investigations.

“We will still investigate.”

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