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Many more to be called, including VIPs, MACC says on combat ship scandal

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki says no one will be protected in the investigation.

Bernama
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An external view of the littoral combat ship 1 or LCS1 which was 60% complete as of April 2022, at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Perak.
An external view of the littoral combat ship 1 or LCS1 which was 60% complete as of April 2022, at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Perak.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will call more witnesses, both locals and those from abroad, to give their statements on the investigation into the littoral combat ship (LCS) construction project.

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki also assured that no party would be protected in the probe.

"I received information from the investigating officer that many more witnesses will be called to testify, not only in the country but also from abroad.

"I will not reject anyone (from giving statements), whether VIPs or ministers involved in this case – all will be called to ensure that the investigation of this case can be carried out," he told a press conference in Johor Bahru today.

He said this when asked to comment on Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's statement two days ago that the investigation into the LCS construction issue must continue.

On Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin challenging MACC to investigate the political funds received by Umno, PKR and DAP, Azam said the commission was ready to investigate any political party leader in the event of complaints and evidence of corruption.

"We do need complaints, but if any information is received, we will also look into that information. 

"For example, a party may not have any interests, is not ruling or has no power but if it makes a donation, it is not doing anything wrong in principle.

"According to our act, if a person has power, comes from another party, if he receives any contribution from a person, but that person has interests with the government, then it is classified as a corruption offence that needs to be investigated by the MACC.

"If there is evidence of corruption, we will investigate, no problem," said Azam.

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