PETALING JAYA: There is no ulterior motive behind the recent seizure of a skyscraper by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), says Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar said that the anti-graft agency’s probe that led to the seizure of the 60-storey Ilham Tower was proof that they would investigate anyone regardless of their background and position.
“This is MACC’s duty and there is no need to read between the lines.
“We can’t go around assuming that there is some sort of ulterior motive at play every time the authorities probe renowned figures,” he told reporters when met after Friday prayers.
Anwar said MACC had a duty to probe people regardless of whether they were “Tuns” or “Tan Sris”, or risk criticism that they only “went after the small fry, instead of the head honchos.”
He added that the authorities should be given the leeway to carry out their investigations to uncover the truth.
Last night it was reported that MACC seized Ilham Tower under Section 38(1) of the MACC Act, which deals with the seizure of immovable property.
A source told FMT that the seizure was made pending undisclosed investigations.