THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is reported to be struggling due to cuts in its operating funds for 2017. As a result, it will need to muster all of its resources to go after those involved in corruption.
In this context, I was intrigued by two recent cases that MACC has taken up but which should have been handled by other agencies.
Firstly, MACC nabbed the office-bearers of the Joint Management Body of a condominium in Kuala Lumpur for suspected misappropriation of money.
This is a case of theft and should be investigated by the police. It should not be classified as corruption although it may fit the bill.
The second case is the MACC’s investigation of a scam involving doctors who issued fake medical certificates for drivers of public vehicles. The case was classified as an “offence of intending to deceive principal by agent under the MACC Act 2009”. Doctors are not agents of anyone but act as independent contractors governed by their professional bodies, so this is a clear case of cheating and should be left to the police.
If MACC keeps taking on cases which can be handled by other enforcement agencies, their available resources will be diminished. It is best that MACC focus its attention on the hardcore corrupt and put the fear of God into them.
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