Sabah Umno files police report over judge’s refusal to talk to MACC

Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain says MACC needs information before it can act.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno has lodged a police report over Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer’s refusal to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over allegations of misconduct in the judiciary.

Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain said MACC needed information in order to take appropriate action in the matter.

“Hamid said he would only speak to a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on the judiciary but we as citizens are bound by the country’s laws, no matter who you are in society.

“There should be no double standards here. The judiciary is one of the pillars of the country and it is being attacked now (because of Hamid’s claims).

“And we also wonder why this has surfaced with the Semenyih by-election just around the corner,” he said at the city police headquarters in Karamunsing here today.

Aziz said Hamid’s refusal was clearly an offence under Section 47 of the MACC Act 2009 which binds an individual to give information to an MACC or police officer.

Five MACC officers, including its investigations division director Azam Baki, had gone to meet Hamid in his chambers on Monday morning.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed today that an RCI will be formed to probe the matter.

The setting up of the RCI comes a week after Hamid filed an explosive 65-page affidavit alleging misconduct in the judiciary.