Dr M on what a priority case is for cops, MACC

LONDON: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says enforcement agencies like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police have too many cases to handle and have to set priorities.

Citing the alleged misappropriation of government funds linked to former prime minister Najib Razak as an example of priority cases, he said MACC and the police which were probing the matter need not report to him.

“They act through the attorney-general (AG). Once they have submitted the information to the AG, the AG acts on it,” he told Malaysian journalists at the conclusion of his visit to the UK today.

Mahathir added that this would take time as any action must be in accordance with the rule of law.

“If we go to court based just on what we have heard, we may lose (the case). We have to ensure that all the relevant documentation is ready to be submitted to the court so that the court can make a proper consideration,” he said.

On the 1MDB case, Mahathir said so far it did not involve the UK.

1MDB is under investigation in several countries including the US and Switzerland.

When asked whether any person of interest linked to the 1MDB case was in the UK, Mahathir said: “Maybe not.”

He added that the 1MDB case was a protracted one.

“The court will require evidence that cannot be ignored,” he said.

On fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, who is being sought in relation to 1MDB, Mahathir said: “We are looking for him but have not found him anywhere.”