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PUBLISHED: Aug 8, 2015 11:40pm

Ex-MACC officer pleads for chief commissioner to cut short leave

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Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Officers Association president Datuk Abdul Razak Idris has pleaded for MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed to return from leave.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8, 2015:

A former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) top officer has pleaded for the agency’s chief commissioner, Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, to cut short his leave and come to the rescue of his men.

This was part of a WhatsApp message sent to Abu Kassim by former MACC Officers Association president Datuk Abdul Razak Idris, who, in a phone conversation with The Rakyat Post, confirmed that the message was delivered yesterday morning.

Abdul Razak, however, said that he has received no reply from Abu Kassim.

“I contacted his officers to arrange a meeting with Tan Sri, but they told me that he had undergone a surgery and is currently hospitalised.”

In the message, Abdul Razak had appealed to Abu Kassim, asking him to come to the office and lead the agency in this “time of dire needs”.

“Tan Sri, you are the only person who can speak to the A-G (Attorney-General) and/or IGP (Inspector-General of Police) to rescind the arrests on the two MACC officers. Certainly they are not going to run away.

“As I am writing this SMS, tears are flowing down my cheeks. I appeal for your indulgence to look seriously look into the arrest of the two MACC officers. I know them very well as very dedicated officers and of utmost integrity. I trained both of them.

“Sir, cancel your leave under whatever circumstances, come to office in this time of dire needs. You may send my SMS to the A-G and the IGP or anybody.”

He told The Rakyat Post that the message was sent out of serious concern over the situation the anti-graft agency is currently in, saying that the recent arrests and transfers of the agency’s officers had not only threatened the independence of MACC, but also of the police and the Attorney-General.

He also said that the government’s action, although it may stem from good intentions, would only anger the public and open the floor to endless speculations that will only threaten its image.

“The agency is independent and if any political party comes to their ‘home’, it is only polite for them to greet their guests. That should not be ground for a disciplinary action and even if it can, any transfer or action should be taken after the investigation they are part of is completed”

Abdul Razak was referring to the two senior MACC officers, Special Operations director Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and Strategic Communications director Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob, who were transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department on Friday.

To date, seven MACC officers have been questioned by the police over the alleged leakage of classified government documents in the agency’s probe into the RM2.6 billion transferred into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private account and national sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) former subsidiary company SRC International.

MACC has repeatedly stated that its officers have played no part in the leakage. It had also denied involvement in any plot to topple the BN-led government.

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