By Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is prepared to investigate allegations linked to ‘Copgate’, insofar as these involve elements of corruption.
“As long as it is a corruption case, we will investigate without fear or favour. (If it involves anything) other than corruption, I hope that they will refer to the right authority,” said MACC chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed (right).
Abu Kassim was responding to Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein who had said the MACC was the right law enforcement agency to investigate the allegations raised by a former top police officer.
Hishammuddin told the Dewan Rakyat on Monday that he feels the MACC should pick up the probe to avoid complaints of bias on the part of the police, since the allegations involve a former inspector-general of police.
However, former Commercial Crime Investigations Department director Ramli Yusuff, who had levelled the allegations, has refuted the home minister.
Ramli said the anti-graft body was the very agency used by attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail and former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan to ‘fix’ him and his men.
Abu Kassim reiterated his stand when asked if the MACC would investigate alleged abuse of power by Gani and Musa.
“As long as (it is) within the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 (we’ll investigate),” he told a press conference today after signing an anti-corruption memorandum with Prasarana Negara Bhd.
This was witnessed by Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
As to whether Copgate deserves to be investigated by MACC, Abu Kassim said this would be discussed at the daily meetings of a committee led by deputy commissioner (operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull.
Asked whether the committee has made any decision on Copgate, Abu Kassim would only say “details later”, before the coordinator of the press conference reminded reporters to confine their questions to issues involving the signing ceremony.
Earlier, Abu Kassim said the anti-graft body studies all kinds of information, including media reports and Internet articles, before deciding whether or not to probe a case.
“We’ll investigate any information (when) we believe corruption has been committed.” – Mkini