The five independent oversight panels of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) want the on-going investigation of issues relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to be conducted in an independent, transparent and professional manner without any interference or form of pressure from any third party on the four agencies which make up the Special Task Force.
The Task Force comprising the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the Royal Malaysia Police, Bank Negara Malaysia and the MACC must be given the widest possible latitude to conduct the investigations without fear or favour.
In this matter, we strongly feel that it is highly pertinent to ensure that the integrity of the MACC as an independent anti-corruption commission is to be maintained and shall not be compromised. The MACC must be seen as an independent commission entrusted to execute the plans and carry out its responsibilities in line with the public’s expectations.
The panels are unanimous in calling for a thorough investigation and for the findings to be made public as soon as possible. This is necessary in order to reduce the widening gap in the level of perception as well as confidence.
The chairmen of the five panels are Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang (Special Committee on Corruption), Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim (Anti-Corruption Advisory Board), Tan Sri Hamid Bugo (Operations Review Panel), Tan Sri Wilson Baya Dandot (Complaints Committee) and Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar (Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel).
The panels would also like to urge that in giving legal advice and guidance to the Special Task Force, the Attorney General should provide clear updates on developments in the investigations in order to prevent negative perceptions of the agencies in the Special Task Force. This is important in view of the fact that the MACC’s task is focused only on issues related to SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB, while the 1MDB is being investigated by the other bodies.
The panels assure the public that the MACC will facilitate and expedite an independent, transparent and professional investigation without the pressure and intervention from any party.
In concluding the investigation, should there be evidence of any offence under the law, the relevant enforcement agencies must take appropriate action as provided under the law including by the MACC in accordance with MACC Act 2009.
Furthermore, it is important for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to make public the findings of the Auditor General’s report on the 1MDB as soon as possible. By the same token, all other reports on investigations by the other enforcement agencies must also be made public, to restore public confidence in the investigations and the agencies concerned.
In view of current developments in the country, the panels strongly urge that the investigations be concluded in the shortest time possible.
Jointly issued by the five independent panels monitoring the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, namely:
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON CORRUPTION
ANTI-CORRUPTION ADVISORY BOARD
OPERATIONS REVIEW PANEL
CONSULTATION AND CORRUPTION PREVENTION PANEL