MACC officers who smear PM’s image must be disciplined

Ali-RustamPETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must take officers attempting to smear the image of Malaysian leaders to task, former Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam has demanded.

In a report in Utusan Malaysia today, Ali slammed MACC special operations director Bahri Mohd Zin, accusing him of issuing statements that could potentially “confuse” the public.

“MACC must take immediate action against its officers who are seen as attempting to smear the Prime Minister’s image, especially Bahri, as a reflection of its seriousness in dealing with disciplinary problems,” the Umno-owned daily quoted him as saying.

Such statements, Ali argued, could be viewed as questioning the decision of Attorney-General Apandi Ali to clear Prime Minister Najib Razak of any wrongdoing in the RM2.6 billion and RM42 million donation cases.

Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin in a blog posting recently alleged that Bahri wanted to bring down Umno, an accusation the latter denied.

Bahri has also since lodged a police report against the blogger.