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PM has given full independence to MACC, chief says

MACC chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said the anti corruption agency had never receive any directive from the prime minister to act or withhold action against any individual. — Bernama file picMACC chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said the anti corruption agency had never receive any directive from the prime minister to act or withhold action against any individual. — Bernama file picKUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 — The prime minister has never given directives to either pursue or withhold action against any individual but has given “full independence” to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the latter’s chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said today.

Dzulkifli said no ministers had called him for favours, adding that MACC’s actions are taken “free from political pressure”.

“Since Aug 1, 2016 until today, Dec 4, 2017, I want to state here — listen carefully — the prime minister of Malaysia has never ever given any instruction to not take action or to take action against anyone, never.

“But what you have heard on social media is that it is as if the MACC is being controlled by the country’s leaders to follow their instructions.

“I want to say that it is all untrue, because the Najib administration has never given (the commission) any instruction, and he gives me full independence to take action against anyone whom I feel should be taken action against,” he was quoted saying by news portal Malaysiakini in response to questions on whether there was political pressure to not act against any person engaged in corruption.

He said the decisions by the MACC leadership including him on cases are “made independently without outside influence”.

In a separate report by local daily The Star, Dzulkifli was also reported saying that he would ensure that an individual will be charged in court each week with corruption, subject to the Attorney-General’s prerogative powers.

“I do not care who is being charged. I want to put the fear in those involved in corrupt practices,” he said.

He was reportedly speaking in a dialogue with the Umno Overseas Students Bureau.

The MACC currently does not have prosecution powers and conducts investigation on alleged corruption, while the Attorney-General’s Chambers decides on whether to initiate or drop prosecution and conducts prosecution.

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