KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has taken to task a Sarawak PKR official who accused it of being afraid to act on complaints of graft against Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
The commission stressed it was not afraid to take action against anyone but could only do so if there was strong evidence.
“The MACC hopes the public and politicians understand the system and the investigation procedure where concrete evidence is needed before a person can be charged in court,” the commission said in a statement here yesterday.
“Under the MACC Act, the commission carries out the investigation but the prosecution is decided by the deputy public prosecutor.
“The commission has never felt afraid or nervous to take action against anyone, including politicians, if there is strong evidence.”
The MACC was reacting to accusations by Zulhaidah Suboh, the deputy leader of the Sarawak chapter of the PKR Youth brigade Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) that the commission officials were cowards and had no dignity for allegedly being afraid to probe Taib’s wealth.
She was quoted in the Free Malaysia Today news portal on Saturday as saying there had never been any investigation papers opened to probe any cases against the Chief Minister.
“By right, the MACC should not look at the background and position of any person being investigated,” said Zulhaidah, citing alleged exposes by various groups of his wealth in 25 countries amounting to billions of ringgit.
Denying what it called “baseless claims” by Zulhaidah, the MACC said it had “never not” investigated any information received or complaint made by anyone regarding Taib.
“This has been stressed on previously,” the statement said, adding that the Dewan Rakyat was given an update on Taib at the parliamentary session that ended in December last year.
“Zulhaidah can refer to any of the independent bodies, especially the special committee on corruption and the operations evaluation panel if further clarification is needed on the status of any case,” said the commission.
It added that the MACC is monitored by five independent bodies that act as its check and balance.