Ramkarpal Singh: MACC image rot due to 2016 audio clips, Azam controversy


Published:  May 25, 2022 12:47 PM

Updated: 4:23 PM

DAP lawmaker Ramkarpal Singh today alleged that MACC’s image was already tarnished by leaked audio recordings in 2016 of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak regarding the 1MDB scandal.

This contradicts former chief justice Raus Sharif who attributed the downfall of the MACC’s reputation in recent years to the appointment of an ‘active politician’ as its chief commissioner during Pakatan Harapan’s federal administration.

“Raus’ view seems to suggest that the MACC enjoyed public confidence before the appointment of the so-called political appointee which cannot be further from the truth.

“As a former chief justice, Raus ought to have been candid about the image of the MACC which took a beating when leaked audio recordings of a former prime minister and a would-be MACC official in 2016 were made public by former MACC chief Latheefa Koya in 2020 in the presence of current MACC chief Azam Baki,” Ramkarpal (above) said in a statement.

The audio recordings in question were released by the MACC in 2020 during Latheefa’s tenure, which included several calls from early 2016 between Najib and Dzulkifli Ahmad who was then with the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Dzulkifli went on to become MACC chief later that year.

The legitimacy of the recordings should also have been addressed by Raus, said Ramkarpal.

“The biggest disappointment from Raus’ speech was his failure to address the elephant in the room – the recent shares controversy surrounding Azam which has attracted considerable criticism from the public, leading to a serious confidence deficit of the MACC.

“One would have thought such incidents would have been addressed or at least commented on by a former CJ at such an esteemed event.

“Raus’ failure to do so and instead, pin the blame of the rot in the image of the MACC on the appointment of a political appointee in the last four years, who I assume to be Latheefa during the reign of Harapan, suggests his utter ignorance of public perception of the MACC today, a clear sign of a man detached from reality,” Ramkarpal added.



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