Wait for outcome of investigation

PEOPLE should not be too hasty in forming their views about the current case involving MACC (Malay-sian Anti-Corruption Commission) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki. Remember, everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

It is heartening to note that a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) will convene next week to look into the issue, over which Azam maintains his innocence (“Azam asked to appear at PSC meeting next week”, Jan 13, The Star; online at bit.ly/star_azam).

Over and above this, police reports have also been lodged and, henceforth, it would be good if we let the relevant authorities deal with the investigation. Of course, investigations must be thorough and transparent and carried out without fear or favour.

As an institution that fights graft, it is vital that the MACC proves to be trustworthy, high in integrity and an institution that is well respected by the rakyat and the world at large.

I remember well that the MACC was formed following the concept of Hong Kong’s ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption), which was largely responsible for eradicating endemic corruption in Hong Kong government departments. The ICAC, which was formed by the then governor, Sir Murray MacLehose, was successful at that point in time and still is.

I believe that the MACC is proving that it can be a force to be reckoned with and it is my – and I’m sure every Malaysian’s – hope that it will rise to greater heights.


Petaling Jaya

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