MACC will not reveal identity of RM2.6bil donor

The Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) will not reveal details about the identity of the donor of the RM2.6bil that was deposited into the personal bank account of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak because it is prevented from doing so under the law.

“MACC has no problem revealing details of the investigation if it does not go against the law,” said its director of special operations Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin in a statement.

He said existing provisions under the law prevented MACC from doing so.

Bahri said that under the MACC Act, the commission was prevented from revealing detailed information on a case to the public.

He said that this was also in line with the comments made by former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman who had posted on his blog on Saturday that the MACC had no power to give details of its investigations until the matter had been brought to court.

The statement was in response to Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli’s remarks calling for the commission to reveal the identity of the donors.

Bahri said, as a lawmaker, Rafizi should understand the restraints imposed upon the commission.

He also said that MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed had ordered investigators to make their recommendations regardless of their findings, which would then be presented to the Attorney-General.

Bahri said the commission believed that this was important to ensure that all parties know that MACC had taken every decision professionally and independently.

“On behalf of the MACC, I guarantee that the investigations into the case of SRC International and the RM2.6bil donation would be carried out independently, transparently and professionally,” he said.

Source – The Star (28 Dec 2015)

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