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Give authorities space to probe Azam’s case, says PM Ismail

He says in the interest of fairness, action should only be taken once the investigation is complete.

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Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has urged all quarters to give the authorities the space to thoroughly investigate the allegations on share purchases involving Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Azam Baki.

Ismail said investigations were being conducted by various parties, including the Securities Commission (SC) and MACC itself, proving that the government was not keeping quiet on the matter as alleged.

“I am always informed and keep tabs on issues related to MACC. Action has been taken and the impression given that the government is keeping quiet is wrong. MACC is an independent commission with its own procedure to handle such matters.

“Let’s wait for the investigation to be completed. We cannot jump to the conclusion that Azam is guilty. We have to be fair to all and only take action after the investigation is completed,” he said at a press conference in Kota Marudu today.

Ismail was commenting on a statement yesterday by the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council asking for Azam and Anti-Corruption Advisory Board chairman Abu Zahar Ujang to be immediately investigated by an independent body and temporarily relieved of their duties until the investigation is complete.

The prime minister assured that he would not compromise on people involved in wrongdoings, adding that he wanted all quarters to be fair and consistent on such matters.

“We must have confidence in our system. Let MACC and the Securities Commission investigate first.

“Previously, there was a Penang chief minister who was investigated, (but) no one suggested that he take leave. We have to be consistent and should not practise double standards,” he said.

Ismail also said the government would ensure that there was no interference in the work of MACC as it is an independent body.

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