Ensure 1MDB probe is independent, say MACC panels

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Jul 2015

PETALING JAYA: The five independent oversight panels of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said the 1Malaysia Development Bhd investigations should remain “independent and free from interference”.

In a joint statement yesterday, the five panels reiterated that the four agencies that make up the special taskforce investigating 1MDB – the Attorney-General’s Chambers, police, Bank Negara Malaysia and MACC – should be given “the latitude to conduct the investigations without fear or favour”.

“In this matter, we strongly feel that it is highly pertinent to ensure that the integrity of the MACC as an independent anti-corruption commission is maintained and not be compromised,” said the statement jointly signed by the Special Committee on Corruption, the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board, Operations Review Panel, the Complaints Committee, and the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel, chaired respectively by Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, Tan Sri Hamid Bugo, Tan Sri Wilson Baya Dandot and Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar.

“The panels are unanimous in calling for a thorough investigation and for the findings to be made public as soon as possible.

“This is necessary in order to reduce the widening gap in the level of perception as well as confidence,” it said, while also urging the Attorney-General to provide clear updates on developments in the investigations, even as he dispenses legal advice and guidance to the taskforce, so as to prevent the agencies from being perceived in a negative manner.

“This is important in view of the fact that MACC’s task is focused only on issues related to SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB, while 1MDB is being investigated by other bodies.

“The panels assure the public that MACC will facilitate and expedite an independent, transparent and professional investigation without the pressure and intervention from any party,” the statement said.

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