MACC has no power to decide on eligibility of election candidates, says Azam

KAJANG: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has no authority to determine whether an individual who is involved in corruption is eligible to contest in an election, says Tan Sri Azam Baki.

The MACC chief commissioner said the eligibility to contest was under the purview of the Election Commission (EC) as the regulator of elections.

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"We in MACC only investigate on issues related to corruption or corruption offences under the Election Offences Act 1954. On whether one can contest or not is up to EC.

"So far, I have seen that those charged in court have been allowed by the EC to contest. We have always cooperated with the EC, such as opening an MACC operations room at every election," he said.

He was responding to a statement by Umno supreme council member Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi on his Facebook page which questioned how individuals involved in corruption cases could contest in elections.

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Mohd Puad is believed to have posted the message in reference to the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election which was held again after Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim's victory in the 15th General Election (GE15) was annulled by the Election Court following elements of corruption.

Meanwhile, commenting on the latest developments in the alleged corruption case involving two senior officials to Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar, who were detained in April, Azam said MACC is still waiting for the decision of the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP).

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He said MACC had completed the investigation paper on the case and submitted it to the DPP two months ago, but so far they have not received the latest information on the matter.

Earlier, Sivakumar also confirmed that he had been called by MACC to assist in the investigation into the case related to the hiring of foreign workers.

Sivakumar was also reported by the media as saying that all his officers who were investigated by the MACC had their contracts terminated to ensure that the ministry could function smoothly. - Bernama

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