Nothing wrong with MACC detainees wearing orange, says chief

Azam Baki says orange shirts make it easier to differentiate MACC detainees from other suspects. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The orange shirts worn by suspects when they are hauled to court by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should not be an issue as it helps differentiate them from other detainees, said MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki.

Noting how the orange shirt has become a subject of debate, Azam said it was more important that the work carried out by the agency was transparent and effective.

“What is the problem with wearing orange clothes? Police (detainees) also wear purple shirts. (But) when MACC (detainees) wear orange shirts, it becomes an issue,” he said in an interview with MACC.fm today.

“Those (MACC detainees) in the lock-up must wear orange shirts (as) it makes it easier for us to differentiate between them and other detainees. If not, we won’t know who they are,” he said.

Azam said wearing the shirt also made it easier for the detainees to be identified if they attempted to escape.

He said the practice of MACC detainees donning orange shirts when they were brought to court for remand applications was at the discretion of the investigator.

“There are cases where (wearing an orange shirt) may be necessary,” he said.

On another matter, Azam also provided an update on the arrest of an enforcement officer who allegedly protected illegal businesses in Sungai Buloh, Selangor, following a tip-off by a businessman.

He said “many” other arrests have been made.

“The investigation is coming to a close. We will take (the case) to the deputy public prosecutor soon,” he said.