Tuesday, February 7, 2023

MACC’s Panel Member Quits In Protest Of Chief Commissioner’s Alleged Share Issue

NewsMACC's Panel Member Quits In Protest Of Chief Commissioner's Alleged Share Issue

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel, Edmund Terence Gomez has resigned from MACC in protest of its inaction against chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki’s alleged ownership of millions in publicly traded stocks.

According to FMT, Gomez said he had written thrice to MACC’s Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel chairman Borhan Dollah to discuss the matter as early as November, but he had not respond to his request.

Gomez, also a professor of political economy at Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Economics and Administration, said he was first made aware of the allegations against Azam in articles published at a website and then wrote two letters to Borhan about the them.

“I stressed that the information that I had received was deeply troubling as it was based on extensive research. The author of these news reports had also listed her name, indicating she was available to discuss this matter with the panel,” Gomez said.

Source: Malay Mail

Meanwhile, Gomez had in his resignation letter said the disturbing questions had been raised about the “nexus between business and law enforcement” and a “conflict of interest” and he suggested that a trend in this institution that must be investigated promptly.

In addition, Gomez said he had written to the MACC Anti-Corruption Advisory Board chairman Tan Sri Abu Zahar Nika Ujang on three separate occasions, but again, he failed to get any response.

Gomez further said that Azam has yet to issue any public statement, nor he had responded to statements made by several MPs in Parliament on his business dealings that were made on 14 December.

Nonetheless, Gomez said despite resigning from the panel, he will be pushing for the panel’s response.

“The letter was sent to the press to publicise this reluctance to act on an important issue. The press has to help us keep this matter in the public eye until an independent investigation is done.”

“The prime minister should also act on this matter to protect the integrity of the MACC,” he said.

Source: Borneo Post Online

Gomez was previously appointed to the panel for a two-year term from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2022.

On 14 December, Sivarasa called for an urgent motion seeking the Dewan Rakyat to discuss Azam’s alleged ownership of close to two million shares in a publicly listed company.

He claimed that Azam, as the MACC’s investigation director between 2015 and 2016, became the owner of 930,000 shares in Gets Global Bhd as of 30 April 2015, and a further 1,029,000 shares as of 31 March 2016.

In addition, he said Azam, as of 21 March 2016, also owned 2,156,000 warrants in publicly listed Excel Force MSC Bhd while the latter’s younger brother owned 3,728,000 shares in Gets Global.

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