The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should not run away from its responsibility to curb corruption by ceasing to investigate politicians, but work with the Opposition and Barisan Nasional to curb corruption.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein expressed sadness and disappointment over the statement by MACC director of investigations Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull to stop investigating politicians.
“I am sad as the commission is supposed to be independent. Even in Umno, there are some who are disappointed as some are being investigated. What is important in an investigation is to ensure that it is done in a transparent manner."
“I would like to remind MACC that the way to face perception or pressure is not by releasing their responsibility by not pressing charges against those who are corrupt regardless of whether they are politicians, ministers or laymen,” he said yesterday after opening the Lembah Pantai Umno division meeting at Petaling Jaya.
Mohd Shukri has said previously that his suggestion came about due to vicious and unfounded allegations against the commission, particularly against his officers, and comes in the wake of recent controversies involving the MACC, such as the political aide Teoh Beng Hock's death after falling from the MACC office in Plaza Masalam.
Hishammuddin urged MACC to work together with the Opposition and Barisan Nasional in curbing corruption and for politicians from both sides of the divide to give their support to the commission.
“Let’s look at this together. If it is truly independent, then I hope the Opposition and Barisan will help and support MACC in conducting its job,” he said.
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