‘MACC chief was doing administrative work before oath-taking’

An MACC source says Mohd Shukri Abdull did not execute any powers under the MACC Act 2009 like issuing notices, orders or presenting the annual report to Parliament. (Bernama pic)

 

PETALING JAYA: All actions by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull before he took his oath of office before the king last week are legal, sources from the anti-graft body say.

A source said although Shukri was appointed on May 21, his actions before taking the oath were merely administrative.

“He did not execute any powers under the MACC Act 2009, like issuing notices, orders or presenting the annual report to Parliament,” the source told FMT.

The source also said Shukri’s actions in relation to investigations into SRC International and state investor 1MDB could have been executed by any other MACC officer.

Earlier, social media users had questioned the legality of Shukri as MACC chief due to the gap between his appointment and taking his oath of office.

They said Section 5 (7) of the MACC Act states that the chief commissioner shall, before assuming the duties and responsibilities of his office, make in such manner as he may declare to be most binding on his conscience before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong such declaration as may be prescribed by the minister by rules made under Section 71.

Shukri, who is the 13th MACC chief commissioner, replaced Dzulkifli Ahmad whose service ended on May 14.

Shukri, 58, served at the anti-graft body for 32 years before going on mandatory retirement in 2016 when he was the deputy chief commissioner (operations).

 

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