MACC chief: Claims of political meddling in police force an internal matter, no probe by us

Datuk Seri Azam Baki, - Filepic/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will not look into claims of political interference in the Police Force Commission (SPP), says its chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki.

"I feel this is an internal police problem. Let the police settle it themselves, I don't wish to comment," he told reporters after launching a joint anti-corruption programme with the National Culture and Arts Department here on Tuesday (May 4).

On April 30, former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador had claimed there was political interference in the SPP and management of the police force.

Asked about other claims by Abdul Hamid of politicians being enticed to switch parties, Azam said there was no law against party hopping.

"Anyone who wants to switch parties is free to do so as there are no anti-hopping laws to prohibit them from doing so.

"As such, I do not wish comment much on the matter," he said.

He cited recent claims by PKR's Sekijang MP Natrah Ismail as an example where the MACC had carried out investigations with regard to claims that she had been offered RM10mil to switch parties.

He said it was concluded that there was no case.

He noted that MACC investigations would usually revolve around alleged corruption related to the Election Act such as the buying of votes by a candidate.

On March 18, Azam confirmed that MACC had initiated investigations after Natrah lodged a report claiming that she had been enticed to switch allegiance.

He said MACC investigation papers were submitted to deputy public prosecutors and it was concluded that there was no criminal act.

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