KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan Government will investigate government agencies for corruption, says the Prime Minister.
When asked if there would be a reshuffle among government agency heads, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that those who are found to be corrupt will be dealt with, in accordance to the law.
He said that he will “look into” Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, well as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“Our intention is to go for people who have shown a tendency to be corrupt or who have committed known corrupt acts,” said Dr Mahathir at press conference Friday after a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting.
He claimed that the AG has “undermined his own credibility” by hiding evidence of wrongdoings.
“That is wrong in law,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said that the Government would also “study” whether the MACC is fair or not.
“If we find that they are biased or in favour of any group, including ourselves, we will have to change them,” he said, adding that new heads of government agencies will be appointed by Parliament.
He said that he would also investigate EC chairman Mohd Hashim to determine if he is biased or involved in corrupt practices.
“(If he is), we will have to take action against him,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said this was not about revenge, and that any action taken against agency heads will be done in accordance with the laws of the country.
“We will have to consult the administrators and the lawyers to find out whether whatever we do is keeping with the laws of the country,” he said.