MPs want top MACC man probed over ‘millions in share ownership’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Several PKR MPs have accused a top Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) official of owning shares worth millions of ringgit in two public-listed companies.

The group, led by Sungai Buloh MP Sivarasa Rasiah, said it had received “reliable” information that the top official had acquired the shares between April 30, 2015 and March 2016. He was then serving as a MACC director.

Sivarasa said Section 23 of Pekeliling Perkhidmatan 3/2002 prohibited civil servants from owning more than RM100,000 worth of shares in any company, while Section 10 of the Peraturan-Peraturan Pegawai Awam (Kelakuan dan Tatatertib) 1993 required public officers to declare all their assets to their heads of department.

The MPs said they are uncertain if the top official was still holding the shares and wanted an investigation into the matter.

FMT is withholding the name of the official and the companies mentioned pending comment from them.

“The following questions arise. What is the source of funds he used to purchase these shares and warrants? Did he declare these assets to his superiors?” Sivarasa told a press conference today.

“If he did, what was the action taken for breaching the Pekeliling Perkhidmatan 3/2002?”

He called on the authorities to investigate the official, saying it must be independent and should not be carried out by the MACC.

Sivarasa said the official’s ownership of shares also raised the question of possible conflict of interest as his family member owned a company providing intelligence services.

He said he had written to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker giving notice that he would submit a motion calling for an investigation into the top official.

The other MPs at the press conference were Fahmi Fadzil (Lembah Pantai), Maria Chin Abdullah (Petaling Jaya), Sim Tze Tzin (Bayan Baru), Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (Ledang) and Hassan Karim (Pasir Gudang).

 

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