MACC's bodies to meet Attorney-General over decision on RM2.6b donation

PHOTO: The Star/ANN

PUTRAJAYA - Two of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)'s independent oversight bodies will be meeting the Attorney-General to discuss a host of issues, including the decision over the investigations into SRC International and the RM2.6 billion political donation.

The meeting on Feb 18 will be attended by members of MACC's Anti-Corruption Advisory Board, its Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and the Chambers' senior officials.

Despite talk that the MACC's oversight bodies would sit down with the A-G to specifically discuss the two cases involving the Prime Minister, it was understood that next Thursday's meeting was arranged before the A-G's announcement on the issue.

However, sources with knowledge of the meeting said there was "a great possibility" that Apandi would be asked about his decision on the SRC International and the RM2.6 billion fund.

On Jan 26, the Attorney-General's Chambers absolved Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of any criminal offence over the RM2.6 billion political donation.

It also cleared the Prime Minister of any wrongdoing in the matter of a RM4bil Government loan in 2011 to SRC International, a subsidiary of troubled strategic state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Apandi also directed the MACC, which had submitted the investigation papers, to close the files.

When contacted, MACC Anti-Corruption Advisory Board chairman Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said the meeting was to sort out any misunderstanding between the role of the Commission and the A-G's Chambers.

"From time to time, there are differences of opinion with regards to prosecution of cases.

This (meeting) is how we seek clarification to benefit both parties namely the MACC and the Chambers," he told The Star.

He said there were cases, either by the MACC or the police that could not be prosecuted due to lack of evidence and poor investigation.

"We want to avoid this. At the moment, the public is making their own assumptions as to why the Chambers is not taking some cases to court," he said.

Asked if the issue of SRC International and the RM2.6 billion political donation would crop up, Tunku Aziz said: "I'm not quite sure if the meeting has a specific agenda.

"But the general reason for us to sit with the A-G's Chambers is so that we can clear any misunderstanding and work better together."

The MACC has five oversight bodies to monitor its activities. Apart from the anti-corruption advisory board and the consultation and corruption prevention panel, there are the special committee on corruption, the complaints committee and the operations review panel.

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