KUALA LUMPUR: Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) today applauded the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its “swift and prompt action” in arresting former prime minister Najib Razak over graft allegations.
Its president, Akhbar Satar, said the “aggressive crackdown by the MACC on grand corruption”, involving the former prime minister, should serve as a lesson to other leaders.
“No one is above the rule of law and it is imperative that people with power should exercise these powers given by the people with the utmost integrity and act without fear or favour.”
Najib was today charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power at the High Court. He claimed trial.
“Today, we see the MACC has completed a fully independent investigation without political interference. The truth will be uncovered.”
Akhbar said if the MACC stayed steadfast in eradicating high-profile corruption cases, public confidence would increase and its credibility would receive a boost.
TI-M also distanced itself from a statement of support for Najib made by its former secretary-general, Josie Fernandez.
Akhbar said Josie’s membership in TI-M ceased in September 2013 and that her opinions did not represent those of TI-M.
Josie was reported to have said outside the court today that the case against Najib was politically motivated.