MACC chief: I will not bow down to ‘despicable’ allegations

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Dzukifli Ahmad has said he will not give in to pressure from personal attacks and will continue his duties without fear or favour.

Describing the recent attacks against him as dirty and despicable, Dzulkifli said the allegations were aimed at tarnishing his reputation and discrediting the MACC’s efforts in combating corruption.

“We will not bow down to pressure and we will continue to carry out our duties and responsibilities to ensure that the country is rid of those who are involved in corruption and power abuse,” he told TV3 during an interview

“I’m confident that these attacks were made following the MACC’s ‘aggressive’ actions against those involved in corruption and power abuse.”

Dzulkifli said he had contacted Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun over the matter and the police would take further action.

Earlier, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak advised Dzulkifli to remain steadfast and not succumb to underhanded tactics aimed at undermining him.

The MACC has been in the news lately over several high-profile arrests including that of three Sabah political leaders in connection with the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion in funds allocated for rural projects in the state.

It had also hauled up Hamid Apdal, the younger brother of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal, over the alleged misappropriation of funds.

Some 350 projects under the rural and regional development ministry are reportedly being scrutinised by the MACC over allegations of embezzlement of RM1.5 billion in federal funds.

These projects were planned to be carried out between 2009 and 2015 in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan.

The RM1.5 billion is said to be part of RM7.5 billion allocated for water, electricity and road infrastructure development projects.