A video of a Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer shouting at a man outside the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on 21 April went viral on social media.
In the video, it showed the man questioning the MACC officer’s authority, where the officer said he was the safety officer and unzipped his jacket to show off the tag around his neck.
The man then told the officer to lower his voice in an attempt to have a calm conversation. However, the officer interrupted the man and pointed at the person recording to stop filming the incident and demanded him to delete the video.
The incident went viral with many criticising the MACC officer for shouting and behaving rudely toward a member of the public.
Some claimed that the officer’s behaviour is a reflection of the whole organisation, while added that as a public officer, he should have learned how to listen and sensibly approach a person when they’re on duty.
MACC explains the incident
In response, MACC has in a statement said it is probing an allegation that one of its officers rudely dismissed members of a political party from making a report at its headquarters.
The MACC Security Division explained that only 3 representatives are allowed to enter the compound and meet the officers on duty to lodge complaints, as stated under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act 1959.
In addition, video recordings and cameras are also not allowed in the areas without the permission of MACC’s top management.
However, 25 members of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) turned up and 7 of them entered the compound in pairs right up to the main entrance of the building.
It said the group did not comply with the rules because they recorded videos while being in the area.
Meanwhile, MACC said it takes the matter seriously and will conduct investigations on the alleged incident. If there’s misconduct, MACC will take appropriate action.
According to a report by Malaysiakini, the other man in the video is PSM secretary-general Sivarajan Arumugam.
It was reported that the members of PSM and Perak farmers visited the MACC headquarters to lodge a complaint about the suspected misappropriation of government land affairs in Perak.
Among those who were present were PSM chairperson Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and Kanthan farmers representative Tan Tean Chee.
Nonetheless, MACC confirmed that it has received information from Jeyakumar regarding the allegations of misappropriation of Perak government land affairs.