My deputy has spoken, says MACC chief on PKR man’s sacking

MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Azam Baki says the letter was sent by mistake to PKR.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya today refused to comment on the sacking of PKR central committee member Zakaria Abdul Hamid, said to be based on an MACC letter to the party suggesting disciplinary action.

“I will not be commenting on that. Deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Azam Baki has commented and given his views, so I think we’ll leave it at that,” she said.

Last week, PKR said it sacked Zakaria and Pahang ordinary member Ismail Duhladi based on “advice” given by MACC after it had investigated allegations of corruption against them.

Azam later admitted that MACC had erred in sending the letter, which is normally sent to relevant ministries or agencies, to the party.

He said the deputy public prosecutor had informed him the Bera division chief would not be prosecuted.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said the allegation against Zakaria involved a RM20,000 public works contract to PKR leaders in the Bera area, while the allegation against Ismail involved “marked-up prices” for a project in 2018.

Zakaria said he had not been informed about any report lodged against him with the disciplinary board, and accused the party of having taken action without hearing his defence.

The sacking has led to a war of words between party leaders seen aligned to party president Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Those aligned to Anwar were reported to stand by the sacking, whereas those aligned to Azmin have criticised it.