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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28, 2016:

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will take action against any of its officers who have been giving unauthorised briefings to media and making various allegations.

In a Press statement today, MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed said if this was true, it would not be tolerated and action would be taken.

“I am instructing that a police report be filed so this matter can be independently investigated.

“MACC officers must uphold the highest ethical standards and will be held to account for the oath of office that they have taken,” he said.

Abu Kassim said MACC was in no way disputing or challenging Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s recent statement clearing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any wrongdoing over the large amount of cash deposited in his bank account.

He added MACC would be tabling the Attorney-General’s decision to close investigations on the RM2.6 billion donation issue at the Operations Evaluation Panel (PPO) as a standard operating procedure and part of the process of closing any case.

PPO is an independent body set up by the government to monitor the MACC under the MACC Act 2009.

One of the terms of references of the PPO is to share its views on action that should be taken on cases that are not charged by the Public Prosecutor.

“For the sake of clarity, the Attorney-General’s powers over all criminal proceedings are conferred on him by Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution.

“These powers are absolute and cannot be challenged by any authority,” he further said.

He also stressed that no statement by any individual should be represented by media as the official position of MACC on these cases unless it has been released by MACC’s official Strategic Communication Division upon the chief commissioner’s approval.

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