Human rights group says it was concerned over the manner in which officers of the Companies Commission of Malaysia had singled them out.
KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights NGO Suaram said today it will comply with Putrajaya’s demand to inspect its documents but was concerned over the manner in which the Companies Commission of Malaysia officers performed their duties.
The NGO, which alleged wrongdoings in the controversial multi-billion Scorpene submarine deal, said that the group felt that it was being harassed for its expose on the scandal.
Its executive director E Nalini said Suaram had agreed to CCM’s requests to produce documents for inspection but highlighted the dubious inspection process of its officers.
On July 3, a team from CCM was forced to call off a raid on Suaram’s office when they came without a proper notice of inspection.
Three days later, Suaram was asked to submit documents including those on the formation of the company to the CCM in what the latter said was a “routine check” under the Companies Act 1965.
Earlier, right wing group Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president, Azwanddin Hamzah, had alleged that Suaram was not registered as a NGO but as a company – Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd.
Nalini said the inspection that followed was uncalled for and questioned CCM’s ‘efficiency’ in acting on the complaint, suggesting that the inspection was done to crush dissent.
“It appears that the CCM is acting on every single complaint from the public efficiently. We question if its Standard Operating Procedure provides guidelines on acting on a complaint.
“We also want to know if the SOP requires CCM to first verify the background of the complainant prior to acting on a complaint lest the CCM becomes the ultimate dissent control mechanism,” she said.
Suaram had filed a complaint at a Paris tribunal in April against Malaysia’s failure to address the serious allegations of kickbacks in the Scorpene deal involving the government, suggesting a deliberate suppression of information to keep the issue under wraps.
The human rights group had submitted a long list of potential witnesses including Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Najib’s former political adviser Abdul Razak Baginda.
The French court is investigating submarine-maker DCNS over allegations it had paid bribes to senior Malaysian government officials to expedite the RM6.7 billion sale in 2009 of the two submarines.
As much as RM574 million was earmarked for co-ordination and support services for Perimekar Sdn Bhd – the firm owned by Abdul Razak.