MACC chief told not to play politics

khairuddin-abu-hassan-maccPETALING JAYA: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad has come under fresh fire for allegedly playing politics, this time from former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

Khairuddin said Dzulkifli was a public officer and not a politician, and should carry out his responsibility in a professional and trustworthy manner.

He was commenting on the MACC chief’s statement yesterday that more arrests would be made in the current investigation of alleged irregularities in Felda Investment Corporation (FIC), a subsidiary of Felda.

Two people had already been remanded in the case and statements recorded from several senior executives of FIC.

The FIC probe involved the purchase of a hotel in Kensington, London, that was allegedly bought at an inflated price, causing the company to suffer millions of ringgit in losses.

Last week, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution also questioned the MACC chief’s motive for criticising opposition-ruled states for refusing to sign an anti-corruption pledge.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy then weighed in by stating that the state had no faith in MACC as the agency had done little to fight corruption.

In a statement today, Khairuddin told Dzulkifli not to talk politics and just perform with honesty, justice and fairness as a public officer to defend all Malaysians.

“How can the MACC chief talk about arresting more individuals linked to the Felda scandal when the investigations are still ongoing?

“Investigate thoroughly first before making statements. You are not a politician,” he said.

He asked Dzulkifli what had happened to all the reports he lodged with MACC against prime minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, businessman Jho Low, Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz and the board of directors of state investment fund 1MDB in 2014.

“Has MACC called these people up for investigation? What action has been taken against them?

“Please don’t talk big like a politician. Your duty is to investigate and then act against all those who practise corruption without favouritism.”

On a another matter, Khairuddin urged Felda settlers not to be fooled by the government under Najib which was offering them “sweets” now and until polling day for the 14th general election.

He said that if Najib was sincere in wishing to ease the sufferings of Malaysians, he should extend the RM5,000 he offered to each Felda settler’s family to all Malaysians.

However, he said, Najib preferred to play politics by helping only the Felda settlers to protect Umno’s traditional seats in Felda settlements.