Give authorities room to investigate, PM says on Azam’s case

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PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has broken his silence on the issue of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Azam Baki’s corporate share ownership issue, saying the authorities must be given room to carry out their investigation.

According to a Bernama report, Ismail also denied that the government was doing nothing on the matter.

Speaking to reporters in Kota Marudu, Sabah, Ismail said investigations were being carried out by various parties including the Securities Commission (SC) and MACC.

“I am always being updated and am monitoring the issue. Action has been taken and the notion that the government is keeping quiet is wrong.

“MACC is an independent body and it has its own ways of dealing with issues like this. There is no need for me to interfere.

“Let us wait for the investigations to be completed. We cannot jump to any conclusions as if Azam Baki is guilty. We need to be fair to everyone,” he said, adding action will be taken once investigations are completed.

He was responding to calls by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council for Azam and the MACC’s Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (ACAB) chairman Abu Zahar Ujang to be investigated by an independent body. It also urged Ismail to call for a special parliamentary sitting to address the issue.

PH said the duo should go on leave while an investigation was underway to determine if they had failed to carry out their duties in accordance with the law.

Ismail guaranteed that the government will not compromise with anyone who commits any wrongdoing, while urging all parties to be consistent and fair to everyone.

“We must have confidence and trust in the system that we have. Let the MACC and Securities Commission investigate first. We have investigated a Penang chief minister before, although there were no calls then that he should take leave.

“ We must be consistent and not have double standards,” he said.

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