KUALA LUMPUR – Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) urged the Parliament to set up a special committee to investigate Tan Sri Azam Baki, the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
The Vice-President of Amanah, Adly Zahari said that the MACC cannot clear its own image when it is implicated by corruption issues.
“It’s only proper for the special committee under the Parliament to investigate the matter and suggest appropriate actions to clear the image of the MACC. Nevertheless, the most important matter here would be the image of the country.
“With that, Azam Baki could be given the opportunity to clear his name with integrity,” he said in a statement today.
He said, according to the reference term, the MACC’s Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (LPPR) does not function to determine if there is a corruption practice or not in the MACC, especially when it involves its Chief Commissioner.
“The excuse that the Chief Commissioner of MACC’s family member was using his name to own shares has further tarnished the image of the country, which has already been affected by the corrupted practices.
“This was made worse by his statement that he was only responsible to provide explanations to the LPPR. That was very irresponsible,” he added.
Yesterday, the LPPR said that the board was satisfied with the explanation given by Azam on the reported share ownership using his name.
The Chairman of LPPR, Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang said that Azam did not have any interest in the share ownership as alleged by certain quarters.
The board called Azam on 24 November to get his explanation on the viral issue that has sparked negative perceptions against the commission.
Azam explained that his brother, Nasir, used his account to purchase the shares in 2015.
The chief of the anti-graft agency also explained that he had no personal interests in the purchase or ownership of those shares. He also strongly denied that he has control over many companies, including conglomerates as wildly alleged in the social media recently.
He also regarded the allegations as a huge lie told by certain quarters to give negative perception against him and taint his reputation and tarnish the image of MACC.
Therefore, Azam will take legal actions against those who slandered him. -MalaysiaGazette