No complaints yet on Chinese nationals given MyKads, says MACC

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) says it has yet to receive an official complaint regarding claims that Chinese nationals are being given MyKads.

Chief commissioner Latheefa Koya added however that the anti-graft agency can initiate its own probe if it receives reliable information on the matter.

“Cases of MyKads and false identity cards (being sold) are not new. (But) if there is such a syndicate, we will definitely start investigating,” she told reporters here today.

“We can actually move without a formal report, but at the moment we have yet to receive a complaint or any information, only from the news.”

The National Registration Department (JPN) recently urged the public to refrain from spreading news that Chinese nationals have been given MyKads, saying stern action will be taken against those who spread slander of this sort.

JPN also said that the Chinese citizens who had been issued with MyKads were the wives of Malaysian nationals who acquired citizenship in September 2017 under Article 15 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

On the MACC task force to look into cases requiring punitive action with regard to irregularities disclosed in the latest Auditor-General’s Report, Latheefa said the agency is looking into several cases involving graft.

However, she said not all the cases have criminal elements.

“Some of the cases can be looked at for disciplinary action and others to plug leakages. But there are cases with criminal elements which we are investigating,” she said.

When questioned, Latheefa also said she believed there had been a drop in corruption-related cases since the new government took over.

She said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had been continuously advocating anti-corruption efforts.

“It’s only that there have been a few major cases that involve large amounts of funds and big personalities,” she said. “These names are highlighted in the media, causing a sensation.

“This results in the perception that corruption is there every day, but actually sometimes it’s the same case.

“We are not saying it’s completely cleaned up – there have been complaints coming in. But it’s not a free-for-all like the previous situation.”