Only an independent probe would suffice to investigate whistleblower Edisi Siasat’s explosive revelations targeted at MACC and PDRM leadership — nothing less

PRESS STATEMENT

NOVEMBER 8, 2021

The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center), is deeply troubled by the
explosive and shocking revelations shared by whistleblower Edisi Siasat on social media in
the last few weeks, targeting the highest leadership and top enforcement officials of the
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Malaysian Royal Police Force
(PDRM).

High-level criminal activity, extortion and illicit enrichment among these leaders has been
laid bare, and the distressing details have sent shockwaves across social media, leaving
Malaysians in shock and despair.

The very leaders entrusted to safeguard our nation from corruption and preserve national
security are themselves alleged to be in deep cahoots with organised criminal networks.
These alleged crimes are so serious that, if true, would endanger the security of our country.

It bears reminding that former Inspector-General of Police, Hamid Bador, had warned of
cartels and high levels of corruption within the police force upon his retirement late last year,
and they even pushed to remove him for going against corruption. The current IGP has
uttered little to nothing on pursuing any sort of investigation on such claims. No one has
since been named or charged for abuse of power and corruption, and the impunity
continues.

It has become clearer with each day, that Edisi Siasat’s allegations must be dealt with
through nothing less than a full-blown and independent investigation, led by independent
and capable professionals outside of these two agencies, with findings made fully
transparent, to determine how much truth is in the allegations. The need for a truly
Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission cannot be cast aside anymore.
The Ismail Sabri government must make this an urgent priority.

The announcement by Law Minister Wan Junaidi saying that investigations into Edisi
Siasat’s claims are ongoing, while offering some relief, does not inspire public confidence.

The bursting bubble of business dealings and alleged deep-rooted connections with the
underworld by MACC’s past and present Chief Commissioners and the alleged involvement
of their family members must be addressed with a deep sense of urgency, to tackle the
growing distrust towards the anti-corruption commission. The MACC needs an overhaul, and
the time to start this process is now.

We further call on the law minister to use the research by the Bar Council and C4 and other
NGOs in 2015 to create an Independent Oversight Body to monitor the work of the
commission, and the credibility of the appointment process of the Chief Commissioner and
his / her leadership.

In addition to this and our statement dated 23 October which can be found here, C4 Center
hereby also urges the government to :

  1. Expedite the setting-up of an independent investigation committee comprising
    independent experts and civil society members, separate from the MACC and the PDRM, to
    probe the allegations by Edisi Siasat against the top leadership of these two law
    enforcement agencies;
  2. The newly set-up National Anti-Financial Crime Centre (NAFCC) should lead the
    formation and facilitation of an independent probe into the rising transgressions within the
    MACC and PDRM involving its officials;
  3. Instruct the leaders named in Edisi Siasat’s exposé to go on Garden Leave pending a
    thorough probe into the details disclosed by Edisi Siasat;
  4. Prioritise reforms to the MACC (using our memorandum jointly released with the
    Malaysian Bar back in 2015) to ensure its full independence.

    The government owes it to the Malaysian people to report all findings about these serious
    criminal allegations committed by MACC officers.

    There must be no holds barred for truth to emerge at long last.

    𝐄𝐍𝐃

    𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲:

    𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 & 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐲𝐢𝐬𝐦 (𝐂𝟒 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫)

    𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐧𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝟎𝟏𝟐-𝟑𝟕𝟗 𝟐𝟏𝟖𝟗 / 𝟎𝟑-𝟕𝟔𝟔𝟎 𝟓𝟏𝟒𝟎

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