PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has lodged a police report over a post on a social media platform, which accused the agency of being controlled by the current administration.
The MACC, stating that the claims uttered by Terengganu Bersatu chief Datuk Razali Idris as untrue and false, had lodged the report on Wednesday (Non 15).
The commission said the allegation was made during a ceramah on Nov 10 at the launch of Bersatu’s election machinery for the Kemaman by-election.
Razali’s ceramah was posted on the TikTok application under account holder @wancin11.
“During the ceramah, he (Razali) had alleged that government machinery, the MACC and judges are controlled by the government.
“He also questioned a High Court judge’s decision in relation to the four charges against a former youth and sports minister,” the MACC said in a statement.
While no name was mentioned, it is believed that the former minister concerned is Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
On Nov 9, Syed Saddiq, who is Muar MP, was slapped with a total of nine years’ jail for abetting in criminal breach of trust (CBT), misappropriation of funds and money laundering.
The MACC said the allegations against the agency was a serious one as it could affect the public’s confidence in the country’s enforcement and legal system.
“The commission is an enforcement body empowered by the law to act against corruption freely and professionally without being controlled by any party.
“With the report lodged, the MACC hopes that appropriate action will be taken against those who utter and spread the slander against the agency,” it added.
The Kemaman by-election is being called following the Terengganu Election Court's ruling on Sept 26, which nullified the victory of Che Alias Hamid from Perikatan Nasional in GE15 after the petitioner successfully proved the existence of elements of corruption during the campaign period.
The Election Commission has set polling day on Dec 2 and nomination day on Nov 18 while early voting is on Nov 28.