Hornbill Unleashed

November 12, 2016

MACC officers must be of top morals

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

The video of the woman with blue black marks on her face standing at the edge of the hospital bed went viral and netizens condemned the suspected husband, as her Facebook post stated that it was her husband who was attached to the Segamat branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had abused her.

As MACC took the beating from the viral post, police acted quickly and arrested the husband.

The husband, Muhammad Nazrin Abdullah, was then found to be a drug addict as well, and was  investigated under Section 323 and Section 506 of the Penal Code for causing hurt and criminal intimidation, and Section 18 of the Domestic Violence Act.

He has since been charged for criminal intimidation, and his passport held, which led him to turn aggressive in court.

MACC also has sacked him after his arrest on Nov 1.

Then, another Facebook post went viral about how an MACC officer based in Kuala Lumpur had sexually abused his wife.

Again, police stepped in real quick and now, the police says the allegations are not true.

The Star reported that MACC said that the matter involved a case of sexual abuse and domestic violence involving one of its officers that “has been spread on Facebook”.

“The MACC ascertained that the police have conducted their investigation and found that the claim is not true,” it said in a statement on Friday.

It urged the public not to believe unconfirmed allegations shared on social media and instead asked them to check with the authorities first.

The Commission said that it was always open to feedback and pledged to take appropriate action if any of its officers are found to have broken the law.

“The MACC takes the view that it is not fair to its officers for the public to disparage the agency by associating its officers’ domestic issues with the MACC,” it said.

The Commission added that it would lodge a police report on the Facebook account that spread the video and news of the allegations, stated The Star.

As much as we would like to hope MACC is telling the truth about the second case, it is odd for Malaysians when police steps in real quick in domestic abuse cases such as this.

It is a well known fact that the police usually have to be pushed real hard to intervene and take action or investigate domestic abuse cases.

Secondly, MACC cannot dismiss the public for disparaging it because their officer had been alleged to have abused his wife.

MACC is not just any civil body – it is a body which the public expects the officers to have the highest of integrity, especially in character, as it is supposed to be the body which cleans corruption.

Corruption does not only come in money forms – it also comes in other flavours and if the officer has indeed committed sexual or domestic abuse, it is a taint on the integrity of the officer and MACC also.

Expecting the public not to judge MACC by the characters of its officers is like the politician telling his voters to ignore him sexually abusing his wife in private, and vote him in because he can do the job.

Thirdly, MACC must re-look at the vetting process of its officers so that cases like these do not become viral and unravel its good record, and all MACC can do by then is to issue a statement to say it is not true. The damage done is irrepairable.

Source : Zakiah Koya@The Heat Malaysia Online


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