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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

MACC should close shop, Zaid says after AG’s decision

Former law minister also asks how having billions in one's account was not considered an offence, but asking the PM to step down was seen as one.
KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should be dissolved if it indeed found no offence had been committed regarding the RM2.6 billion Prime Minister Najib Razak received in his personal bank accounts and the RM42 million from SRC International.

In a series of tweets he posted after learning that Attorney-General Apandi Ali had cleared Najib of all wrongdoing in both cases, Zaid, a former minister of law, said, “If true MACC says no offence committed by Najib; then MACC should just close shop.”

He called the AG the “man of the millennium” for arriving at his decision and remarked, “Najib with billions in his accounts committed no offence; I who merely asked him to step down, did. Law students must answer this.”

Zaid also pushed for answers as to who the Saudi Arabian donor of the RM2.6 billion was and said, “If it’s not saudi govt, then name of the royal family. If it cant be named, then is he in the top 100 richest? Give us a clue."

“Give us something to believe in. Do you want to torture us till the end of time?”

Meanwhile local columnist and playwright Kee Thuan Chye, described the outcome of the investigations as “shocking, yet expected”, and added, “This is the moment we dreaded.”

Another well-known critic of the government, lawyer and social activist Azhar Harun said on Facebook: “Today, the common people of Malaysia sit in judgement of the PM, the AG, Umno, the government and the relevant public institutions. You know the verdict.”

Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan of Barisan Nasional however had a different take on the AG’s decision and instead congratulated him on his “wisdom and apt interpretation of facts”, adding, “Never bowed to pressure. Always sticking to principle and the law.”

Earlier today, Apandi said he was satisfied there was no evidence to show that the personal donation given to Najib was a form of gratification given corruptly.

The AG also cleared Najib on the charge of receiving RM42 million from SRC International, saying there was “no evidence to show that the PM had abused his position during the cabinet meeting which approved the government guarantee on the RM4 billion loan to SRC from Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP).”

- FMT Reporters

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