Anwar: MACC chief should further explain reasons for exposing phone conversations

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  • Saturday, 11 Jan 2020

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. – AZMAN GHANI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission chief Latheefa Koya should further explain why she exposed recorded telephone conversations involving a former premier, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"I think she should explain further because there are concerns about privacy and confidentiality in telephone conversations between a husband and wife," he said.

However, he said the arguments that justice needed to be done and the information revealed in the conversations, had to be taken into account.

Anwar said he was unsure if the information would affect Datuk Seri Najib Razak's ongoing criminal trials, but said that the matter should be handed over to the police and referred to the court if it was indeed admissible.

MACC had come under criticism for releasing the recordings, with some saying it was "unprofessional" or would lead to a "trial-by-media" of those implicated.

Anwar, who is also the chairman of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, was speaking to reporters after delivering a keynote address at the Islam and Its Civilisation Forum on Malay-Nusantara perspective here on Saturday (Jan 11).

On Wednesday (Jan 8), the MACC released nine audio recordings said to incriminate former top officials, including former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, alleging a "criminal conspiracy at the highest level".

Latheefa had said that the recordings were made public so that there would not be any more attempts to undermine independent bodies.

She alleged that the audio conversations pointed to "serious power abuse, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice and compromising national security".

Anwar also said he had read Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Tommy Thomas' statement on his decision not to proceed further with a gay sex video implicating PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

"The AG decided based on evidence adduced to him. Leave it at that," he said.

Earlier in his speech, he said it was time for Malaysia's multi-racial society to appreciate common values and goals.

He noted that the Chinese community's understanding of Islam was based on what they read in the media.

"But as much as we (Muslims) want them to understand us, we should also try to understand them.

"We must understand each other's faiths to secure better understanding and grasp of issues," he said.

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