PETALING JAYA: Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) has questioned the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s decision to leave corruption allegation investigations against the husband of former central bank governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz to the police.
Its president Muhammad Mohan said as the independent law enforcement agency tasked with investigating corruption and abuse of power, MACC should exercise its powers to investigate cases linked to the 1MDB scandal in addition to ensuring the return of funds linked to the company from Singapore.
He was commenting on MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki’s remarks that the graft busters were not investigating Zeti’s husband Tawfiq Ayman, whose company in Singapore is said to have received 1MDB-linked funds from fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low.
Azam had told reporters on Tuesday that MACC was only tasked with repatriating 1MDB funds from Singapore and that the probe on Tawfiq was being handled by the police.
“It is puzzling as to why MACC is not investigating the matter. We do not want this to raise questions on the agency’s independence as well as lead to a drop in investor confidence and increase perceptions of corruption.
“This issue may also hinder our hopes for a brighter future and a speedy economic recovery from the pandemic,” he said.
Meanwhile, Subang MP Wong Chen asked who was directing and limiting the scope of MACC to just repatriating money in this particular case.
“Who has powers over what the MACC does? The MACC was established to investigate corruption, not repatriating money, so by right MACC should be the leading investigations on corruption, not the police,” he said.
In March last year, it was reported that police had begun investigations into 1MDB-related funds allegedly transferred to a bank account that Tawfiq owned in Singapore.