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(COMMNETARY) MALAYSIA: MOHD SHUKRI PROVES INTEGRITY NOT FOR SALE

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Newly-appointed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull yesterayy proved that one’s integrity cannot be bought or sold.

Speaking at his first press conference after taking charge of the commission, Mohd Shukri’s disclosure pertaining to the investigation of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sent shock waves throughout the country.

The trials and tribulations the Kedah-born official had to undergo while investigating the case were perilous.

Mohd Shukri claimed that he almost died during the period, as he was threatened to be fired, forced into early retirement, transferred to a training division, as well as having bullet threats sent to his home.

The seasoned officer who had served the MACC (then known as the Anti-Corruption Agency) for 32 years before retiring in 2016, has returned after Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad called on him to head the agency.

Mohd Shukri is now as determined as ever to recover the people’s money and settle his ‘unfinished work’ on the 1MDB and SRC International Sdn Bhd’s investigations.

He also stressed the 1MDB case was not a ‘work of fiction’ but rather a real one with far reaching consequences.

He said it all began in 2015, when MACC began investigations into the RM2.6 billion ‘donation’ issue, as well as RM42 million believed to have been transferred from SRC International Sdn Bhd into the personal bank account of Najib Tun Razak, who was then the prime minister.

SRC International was a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) before being taken over by the Ministry of Finance in 2012.

Despite being harassed and under immense pressure from various parties, he went ahead with the investigations, and even met with several ministers to convince them that the cases against the former premier were legitimate.

Unfortunately, he said only three ministers at the time dared to voice out on the issue, namely Muhyiddin Yassin who was the deputy prime minister, Mohd Shafie Apdal (Rural and Regional Development Minister), Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah (Second Finance Minister).

Muhyidddin and Mohd Shafie were later booted out of the government while Ahmad Husni resigned without completing his term of office.

Mohd Shukri also claimed that he was also approached by a Member of Parliament from the ‘north’ who tried to scuttle the 1MDB investigation and even invited him to ‘negotiate’ over the matter.

The former MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) had completed two investigative papers into the RM2.6 billion and SRC International cases, before his early retirement in 2016.

He was appointed as the agency’s new chief commissioner on Monday, after Dzulkifli Ahmad resigned from the position and returned to his previous position in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Mohd Shukri in his parting shot before his early retirement in July 2016 claimed that during his 32 years in service, he had suffered ‘mysterious’ illnesses, framed with drugs, and faced slanderous accusations’.

He had also advised members of the agency to carry out their duties without fear, as the MACC was not a place for cowards.

Source: NAM News Network

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