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PAS hails reappointment of Azam as MACC chief

It says the reappointment is a rejection of the negative perception painted by some of the MACC chief commissioner.

Staff Writers
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Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Azam Baki.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Azam Baki.

PAS today welcomed the reappointment of Azam Baki as chief of the country's anti-graft agency, saying it had always believed his denials in the controversy over claims of conflict of interest in his ownership of shares.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said PAS had consistently trusted his word in the matter, and had prevented attempts by some to cast doubt on the dignity and integrity of both Azam and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as a whole. 

"PAS believes that the extension of his service period also confirms that belief and rejects the negative perception that irresponsible parties are trying to throw at him and MACC to achieve certain goals," he added in a statement. 

Azam, who came under scrutiny over the alleged purchase in 2015 and 2016 of shares and warrants at two public-listed companies, was reappointed as MACC chief commissioner for another year effective May 12. 

Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Zuki Ali said Azam's reappointment had received the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah. 

The issue of shares was revealed by activist Lalitha Kunaratnam, against whom Azam filed a defamation suit which is slated for hearing in July.

He also said the shares had been purchased by his brother using his share trading account, maintaining that he had committed no wrongdoing.

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