PETALING JAYA: Public support and confidence in the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) already existed before the Commission opened investigations into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said MACC Strategic Communication director Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob.
"The Commission would like to stress that public confidence and support towards the MACC had increased due to various initiatives and actions implemented by the MACC since 2009, long before the investigation on the Prime Minister.
"The MACC also stresses that MACC is not 'out to get the Prime Minister' as claimed by Raja Petra Kamarudin to boost the credibility and increase the public confidence. MACC is not depending on this case to increase its public confidence," said Rohaizad.
Rohaizad said the issue of SRC International and the RM 2.6 billion are among several cases with merit for investigation under the MACC Act 2009.
"Thus, MACC has the duty and the moral responsibility to carry a comprehensive investigation. As we mentioned and stressed earlier, the MACC as an independent Commission will carry out its investigation on each and every case in a transparent and professional manner," said Rohaizad.
He claimed that the public confidence level for the MACC increased from 31 per cent in 2009 to 68 per cent in 2014.
"The MACC's numerous achievements and successes in the last few years is formidable proof that the Commission is heading in the right direction. This is also achieved through the guidance from the five independent oversight bodies formed under the MACC Act 2009," said Rohaizad.
He was responding a blog post by Raja Petra Kamarudin on Malaysia Today titled "When MACC literally gets away with murder."
In the post, Raja Petra said that it appeared that MACC were building a 'positive' perception by going after what they said is the most powerful person in the country.
"By appearing to be out to get the Prime Minister, the MACC managed to boost its credibility rating by another 30 per cent," he said.