SEREMBAN, Aug 10, 2015:

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should be given thestatus of a separate service commission in the near future, Datuk Paul Low said.

In expressing relief over the reinstatement of two senior officers into MACC, days after they were transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department, theMinister in the Prime Minister’s Department also said the anti-graft body officers should be supported in any assignment and task given to them.

It is of paramount importance that the independence of institutions like MACC be safeguarded and enhanced and for staffing matters to be dealt with internally within the ambit of the agency’s own regulations,” Low said in a brief statement to The Rakyat Post this afternoon.

Describing the recent transfer ofMACC special operations director Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and former MACC strategic communications director Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob to the Prime Minister’s Department as “untimely”, Low — who is in charge of integrity and governance — said the incident highlighted an anomaly.

“This recent misunderstanding that caused the untimely transfer of the two officers served to highlight an anomaly concerning how the staff of the MACC relate to the civil service structure in general.”

Earlier today the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa announced that the duo’s transfer orders were revoked after they had provided a satisfactory explanation over their issuing of media statements during a close door meeting.

On Friday, the Public Service Department issued Bahri and Rohaizad’s transfer order to report to the Prime Minister’s Department.

This after Bahri, who was among several officers questioned by police in regards to leaked information was reported to have pledge to find perpetrators who were ordering the arrests of MACC officers. MACC has since denied the allegation.

Rohaizad meanwhile, was believed to have been transferred after welcoming Opposition leaders who visited the MACC headquarters on Thursday.

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