Hornbill Unleashed

January 2, 2014

MACC a ‘toothless tiger’ as long as it continues to only go after ‘ikan bilis’

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Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

Call it by whatever name, Malaysia’s anti-corruption watchdog will always be the proverbial “toothless tiger”.

Whether it’s called the Anti-Corruption Agency, now the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), or whatever else in the future, its image remains as a Barisan Nasional stooge in the eyes of Malaysians.

As long as it continues to only go after the “ikan bilis” (anchovies or small fish), leaving the “sharks” untouchable, the MACC’s credibility will continue to be questioned by Malaysians.

There are so many Malaysians, especially politicians, who are clearly living beyond their means.

They spend tens and hundreds of millions, yet there is not even a whimper from the MACC. At the 67th Umno Annual General Assembly last month, a party central delegate even had the gall to tell his leaders not to feel ashamed about flaunting their wealth or ill-gotten gains.

Try taking a look at the MACC website, all you can find are statistics on average Jo’s being hauled in for corrupt practices.

This month alone, only 55 people were roped in by investigators, and none of them is a high flyer?

No doubt the MACC had detained high ranking individuals in the past for money laundering but the cases are just too few. Also, many cases are fast forgotten and they are off the hook.

Recently, a “Datuk”, who is a high ranking police officer, was detained in his home to help in investigations.

The MACC remanded the senior officer with regard to millions of ringgit found in a bank account. No amount was revealed but he is not even considered a “shark” by any standard.

According to a source, the MACC investigation revealed the police officer had millions of ringgit in his bank account.

The individual was taken to the MACC office in Putrajaya and remanded to facilitate investigations.

Statistics from the MACC website show only civil servants were hauled up by the MACC in November.

Not a single politician was probed by the MACC this year, save for Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil family’s involvement in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) case now pending in court.

Some of the high profiling individuals probed by the MACC were former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo and the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) multi-billion ringgit financial scandal involving former MCA president and transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik who has since been found not guilty and freed.

Another person charged in the PKFZ scandal is former MCA deputy president and transport minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy.

Is MACC’s existence justified?

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan had in a reply to a question in Parliament revealed that MACC’s operating budget from 2009 to 2013 totalled RM983 million.

However, 99.3 per cent of “dirty money” cases were not investigated by the MACC over the same period.

The fact that only 481 arrests were made this year also does not justify MACC’s avowed commitment to stem corrupt practices in the country.

Before the 13th general election in 2013, 701 arrests were made and MACC’s chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed was reported as saying on Nov 6 that Malaysia surpassed Hong Kong in its fight against graft based on its higher conviction rate in corruption-related arrests.

He also said under the conviction rate, Malaysia’s performance was also comparatively better than a few other countries, which include Singapore and Indonesia.

The latest MACC arrest news headlines were the arrest of three cops in connection with the laundering of more than RM6 million in “dirty money”.

MACC investigations director Datuk Mustafar Ali told the media that the policemen – a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), and Assistant Superintendent (ASP) and a Sergeant were detained in separate raids between 6pm and 11 pm on Nov 25.

The MACC raiders also seized RM500,000, three Rolex watches and an assortment of jewellery.

Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had also recently urged the MACC to investigate former Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek for his then ministry’s RM1.6 million payment to bring three K-Pop groups to perform in Putrajaya last year.

This was cited in the 2012 Auditor-General’s (AG) Report and that RM2.3 million was paid in stages to the K-Pop groups to perform at the National Youth Day in 2012.

The MACC has yet to act on the AG’s report. So much for its watchdog role.

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4 Comments »

  1. Only “Approved for MACC Ikan Billis” will be investigated.

    Comment by Ellis — January 3, 2014 @ 8:01 AM | Reply

  2. MACC can boast that it’s chief commissioner has recently been appointed to an international committee on corruption. A minister has also been appointed by Najib to oversee corruption. Alas, his son brought tons of money to buy a New York property. How smart!!

    Comment by No Double Talk — January 3, 2014 @ 4:46 AM | Reply

  3. MACC is not only a toothless tiger but a baby kitten just learning how to eat small fish or ikan bilis. This small kitchen is scared of the big Fisk especially the giant killer skarks. Even the ikan bilis, he has to take extra precaution because certain ikan bilis to them are not edible. Get rid of umno fast and MACC will follow suit.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — January 2, 2014 @ 10:16 PM | Reply

  4. After our Cambridge examination in the 70’s, some of us applied for vacancies in the Police Force. None of us got any jobs anyway. In the end we all worked in private sectors and few later in years own their own business. What we have profoundly noticed is that none of us are wearing any Rolex or driving a Mercedes or BMW. Protons are their favourite new cars or second hand Toyota for me. If we got jobs in Police Force, I wonder if anyone of us by now is wearing a Rolex and has millions in Bank Account or behind bar. Where is the jails in front of Borneo Hotel, Kuching relocated to ?

    Comment by kira commonsense — January 2, 2014 @ 4:32 PM | Reply


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