MACC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY UNAUTHORIZED STATEMENT
Further to media reports today, I would like to state once again that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is in no way disputing or challenging the Attorney General's clearance of the cases against the Prime Minister.
As stated yesterday, our referral to MACC’s Operations Review Panel is a standard operating procedure as part of the process of closing any case.
For the sake of clarity, the Attorney General's powers over all criminal proceedings are conferred on him by Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution. These powers are absolute and cannot be challenged by any authority.
Further to media reports today alleging MACC personnel have been giving unauthorized briefings to media and making various allegations, let me be very clear: if this is true, it will not be tolerated and action will be taken. I am instructing for a police report to be filed so this matter can be independently investigated. MACC officers must uphold the highest ethical standards and will be held to account for the oaths of office that they have sworn.
Going forward, no statement by any individual should be represented by media as the official position of MACC on these cases unless it has been released by MACC’s official Strategic Communication Division upon my approval.
TAN SRI ABU KASSIM MOHAMED
MALAYSIAN ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION
28 JANUARY 2016