MACC criticises report of senior civil servant being probed for power abuse


  • Nation
  • Monday, 14 Oct 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has criticised a Malay daily over a report that a probe is being carried out on a senior civil servant, saying the report had serious inaccuracies.

Its chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said such a report had a negative impact on MACC's investigations.

"The report has serious inaccuracies.

"It is also unfair to those that are being investigated because it is against the principle of presumption of innocence," she said in a statement Monday (Oct 14).

Latheefa said the MACC viewed seriously the publication of such news which quoted sources.

"We will release necessary information to the public when our investigation is complete.

"We certainly do not encourage the publication of unverified information while investigation is ongoing," she added.

The daily reported that a director-general of an enforcement agency is being investigated by the MACC over suspicion of misappropriation and power abuse, said to be in the region of RM1.5mil.

The individual is said to have been using his position while serving three different agencies since 2004 until last year.

According to the daily, the individual had his statement recorded twice, in August and recently on Oct 10.

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