PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has denied claims by a member of a non-governmental organisation that its officers had intimidated her during an investigation.
MACC investigations director Datuk Norazlan Mohd Razali said claims by Youth Power Club honorary secretary Siti Nurul Hidayah Shaziman that she was verbally abused, threatened and forced to give a statement was baseless.
"She came voluntarily and is one of the main witnesses who had given important statements pertaining to a case.
"The MACC will lodge a police report on the allegations against the agency. We are prepared to give our cooperation to the police on this," he told The Star on Saturday (June 6).
The case which Norazlan is referring to is the MACC's investigations into the missing RM250,000 cash from former minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman's house.
Siti is an aide to Syed Saddiq, who is Bersatu Youth chief.
Norazlan also refuted her claims that she was surrounded by four or five male officers during questioning.
"In fact, throughout the process of taking her statement, she was accompanied by two female officers at all times," he said.
Norazlan pointed out that the MACC has strict standard operating procedures in carrying out investigations, including when taking statements from witnesses.
He said the commission will also look into the report filed by its officers on Siti's allegations, adding that officers claimed that she had lied and that the allegations were false.
Siti alleged that MACC officers during a session to record her statement on June 4, had used intimidation tactics on her.
She claimed that she was threatened, verbally abused, had her handphone taken from her and had the device thrown at her.
She further claimed officers had kicked the chair which she sat on, switched off the lights during the interview and threatened to slap her.