The members of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s advisory board have now distanced themselves from the statements made by their chairman, Abu Zahar Ujang, at his press conference on 5 January 2022.
I urge the board members to go further and confirm one further issue: Did the advisory board meet on 24 November 2021, as claimed by Abu Zahar, to discuss the allegations about the business interests of MACC chief Azam Baki?
I raise this question for this reason: if a meeting was held on 24 November, why was I not told of this when I discussed this matter with some board members in December? Why was I not told that Azam had been exonerated by the board members at this meeting?
If there was a meeting on 24 November, then another question must be answered. The board members have confirmed that they do not have the authority to exonerate Azam of the allegations made against him. If they state this now, why then did they exonerate Azam at the meeting on 24 November?
It is not sufficient for the advisory board to distance themselves from Abu Zahar’s statements at his press conference. The board members must also explain why they did not insist on an independent investigation into these allegations against Azam when this was first brought to their attention.
Terence Gomez, a political economist, recently resigned from the MACC’s consultative and corruption prevention panel