The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) claimed its former director Bahri Mohd Zin did not mention opting for early retirement due to disappointment over the SRC International Sdn Bhd case as reported.
In a media statement, the commission said: “In regards to a statement published in a media portal today stating Bahri chose to retire early due to disappointment that investigation into SRC International failed to be brought to court, MACC contacted Bahri and he denied making such a statement to the portal.”
Contacted for comment on this, Bahri replied: “Wait for my official statement soon. Don’t confuse the people by making statements on my behalf, hear it from my own mouth.”
The former director also responded to a news report linking his retirement to Dr Mahathir Mohamad as as well as to the comments by BN strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
In the news report, Free Malaysia Today quoted a source familiar with the 1MDB investigation as questioning the timing of Bahri’s retirement.
“It comes amid revelations that Mahathir’s children have stakes in over 400 companies including government related entities, and many of these occurred when Mahathir was still in office,” said the source on condition of anonymity.
The source said if SRC was the reason for Bahri’s alleged feelings of guilt, he should have resigned last year or in 2015.
However, Bahri laughed this off, saying, “Those who consume ‘dedak’ (animal feed) are everywhere, on the outside and within the government.”
The term “dedak” was used by Mahathir to describe those whom he alleged received certain benefits from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
‘I will respond to minister point-by-point’
On Abdul Rahman, the former director, who is warded in hospital for high fever, said the minister had judged him without first checking with him.
“So I am compelled to respond to the minister point-by-point once I recover, and let the people be the judge of it,” he said.
Abdul Rahman had said not all cases investigated by the MACC culminated in prosecution, and that the SRC issue did not go to court because the attorney-general decided there was no grounds to do so.
The minister said the AG serves as a check and balance to investigating bodies so there will be no abuse of power.
He also warned those who are corrupt not to try to be a champion with the people.
“I cannot stand those who try to sneak punches against me. When the SRC case was at it’s peak one former chief minister slammed me in a most unfair way.
“Don’t challenge me. I know who gives and receives bribes,” he said, not elaborating.
Application to retire made six months ago
Meanwhile, MACC confirmed that the former director made an application to the government for early retirement six months ago.
The commission said the application was in accordance with the Public Service Department’s rules where a government official who wants to retire early should make an application at least six months prior to the retirement date.
Similarly, MACC deputy chief of operations Azam Baki said Bahri did not state that he made the decision to retire as he felt as if he had “sinned 30 million Malaysians”.
“We have contacted him and he has denied issuing such statement to the news portal,” he is quoted by Astro Awani as saying.
Azam also clarified that it was Bahri’s personal choice to choose early retirement, and nobody had forced him to do so.
“No one had forced to retire, like some quarters claimed, that is not true, never happened … it was entirely his personal choice.
“He had expressed his plan to retire since last May,” he said.
Earlier, both Malaysiakini and FMT quoted Bahri as stating that he chose to quit two years ahead of his official retirement age of 60 due to frustration over the SRC case.
Malaysiakini has a recording of the communication with the former director of MACC’s special operations division regarding this matter.
Source : @ Malaysiakini