Dzulkifli Ahmad to succeed Abu Kassim as MACC chief

Datuk-Dzulkifli-Ahmad_sprm_600PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya has finally named the successor to Abu Kassim Mohamed as head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa announced the appointment of Dzulkifli Ahmad as the new head of the MACC, succeeding Abu Kassim as the agency’s chief commissioner, in a statement issued today.

Ali Hamsa also said that the MACC’s Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Mustafar Ali will be transferred to the Immigration Department as the Director-General effective August 1.

Mustafar’s transfer comes as a surprise as prior to today, there had been no speculation of such a move, although there had been rumblings in some circles that he wanted out from MACC.

He will replace the department’s current DG, Sakib Kusmi who has been transferred to the Public Service Department.

Today’s announcement puts to rest speculation over Abu Kassim’s successor and confirms rumours of Dzulkifli’s appointment to the post.

In his last posting, Dzulkifli headed the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team (NRRET) which aids the government in enforcement against various activities, such as smuggling, misuse of subsidised goods, illegal outflow of funds and evasion of customs duties and tax by individuals and corporate bodies.

Previously, Dzulkifli served as the head of the Anti-Money Laundering section of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) prosecution division.

He was a long-time deputy public prosecutor with the AGC who handled commercial crimes and fraud cases and was also a board member of the Inland Revenue Department.

Abu Kassim had last month announced that he would be stepping down from his post – on his own volition. His Deputy Chief of Operations Mohd Shukri Abdull would also be stepping down on Oct 3 as he had reached the mandatory age of retirement.

Abu Kassim was appointed as MACC Chief Commissioner on Jan 1, 2010.