Reservations over release of recordings

  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are divided over whether they agree with the move by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to go public with the audio recordings allegedly incriminating former top officials and Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

In a survey hosted on The Star’s official Facebook page, the majority of respondents supported the MACC’s action, with some stating that it is a matter of high public interest.

However, others have expressed their reservations on how the matter was handled, with some people criticising the commission while expressing their hope that the MACC would not become a political tool.

Zaiful Zaharuddin said the evidence, such as the audio recordings, should be taken to court first before the media and the public.

“MACC is an enforcement agency, not a whistleblower. It’s really, really unprofessional, ” he said.

Zj Choon Sham agreed with the move, but said a teaser should have been given, with the rest to be revealed in court.

Mohd Affendi Ismail said the rule of law must be respected and followed. Otherwise, it will create a precedent if similar cases come up in the future.

Azmi Hassan was similarly wary: “If this is condoned... this will set a precedent for all law enforcement agencies – and this will encourage smear campaign(s).”

However, Shufiyan Shukur and Nur Hidayah Makni voiced their agreement with the MACC’s move to release the recordings while A. Girish Kumar said it would deter others from committing wrongdoings.

Kenny Jack said: “There is an old Chinese saying, ‘If you don’t want people to know, better don’t do wrong things’.

“This applies to all politicians of all races... so that they do really work for the people and not for their own gains.”

Cyn Kiru agreed with what she termed as the MACC’s transparent approach to go straight to the press.

“There have been too many conspiracies and corruption cases in the Malaysian Cabinet and government as a whole that the rakyat want to see, hear and judge for themselves, ” she said.

“We’re sick of politicians spinning their half-truths and releasing bits and pieces of information like some Game of Thrones trailer, ” she added.

Eroline Ooi said transparency is always welcome while Vanitha Shanmugam also said she agreed with MACC chief Latheefa Koya.

“Basic tenet of a healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency, ” said Vanitha.

Casey Hong said those who serve the people must be clean from corruption and abuse of power with nothing to hide.

“As such, MACC has the right to expose the wrongdoing to let the people of Malaysia know, and to make sure the people vote (for) the right leaders, ” she added.

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