Investigations will be transparent, says chief of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed
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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed (pic) has assured the public of transparency in high profile cases the commission is investigating.

"We will keep you updated. I know that the public wants us to be more transparent. That is important because the public wants to know what we are doing," he said after chairing a meeting of MACC directors at the commission's academy on Tuesday.

"But at the same time, allow us some time to complete the investigations," he said.

On Monday, Abu Kassim announced that he was ending his medical leave early to return to work and focus on his job as he still had "unfinished business" to attend to.

Abu Kassim recently underwent surgery.

On the same day, outgoing MACC deputy chief commissioner (management and professionalism) Datuk Seri Zakaria Jaafar said that the commission is currently conducting an investigation involving the "most powerful person in the country".

The unnamed person is being investigated in relation to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a company under the Finance Ministry and concerning a sum of RM2.6bil, Zakaria said during his retirement speech.

SRC International was a former subsidiary of state-owned investment arm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Zakaria added that the investigation was the biggest challenge the commission had faced in his career and that it was the "biggest investigation since 1967".

MACC is trying to get statements from three key witnesses who are believed to be overseas.

One of them is 1MDB's former chief investment officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, who is also a director of SRC International. Zakaria also urged the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Mohamed Apandi Ali to revive the special task force investigating 1MDB.