MACC confident SRC International probe can be wrapped up by year end

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Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is confident that investigations into SRC International can be wrapped up by the end of the year.

“We will try our best to complete investigations by the end of this year, Insyallah,” MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull(pic) said after a meeting of MACC directors at the commission’s academy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

SRC International is a former subsidiary of state-owned investment arm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

However, Mohd Shukri remained tight-lipped on the individual under investigation in connection with the company.

“No, no, no. We cannot mention who it is but I am confident that we can complete it by the end of this year,” he said.

Mohd Shukri also brushed aside fears that hidden hands may jeopardise the tasks of the commission.

“There is no one that can interfere in MACC’s work. I’ll make sure of that,” he said.

“There is no problem with intervention or interference for us. We will proceed and complete our investigations,” he said, adding that MACC is conducting its work with freedom, transparency and independence.

On the RM2.6bil issue, Mohd Shukri said that the commission cannot give a specific date of completion due to the complexities of the investigation, which involves foreign parties.

“The RM2.6bil case will take time because it involves overseas (matters). Most of the evidence is from overseas,” he said.

When asked if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will be called in for questioning, Mohd Shukri said that all concerned parties would be called by the commission.

“We will call anybody who is involved in this case. It doesn’t matter who they are,” he said.

After the conclusion of the meeting, MACC chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed assured the public of transparency in high profile cases that the commission is currently investigating.

He also requested for the public to allow the commission some time to complete investigations.

On Monday, Abu Kassim announced that he was ending his medical leave early to return to work and focus on his job as he still had “unfinished business” to attend to.

Abu Kassim is recovering from a major surgery.

On the same day, outgoing MACC deputy chief commissioner (management and professionalism) Datuk Seri Zakaria Jaafar said that the MACC is currently conducting an investigation involving the “most powerful person in the country.”

It is believed that the unnamed powerful person being investigated was linked to funds of SRC International Sdn Bhd, a company under the Finance Ministry. MACC is also investigating the RM2.6bil funds.

Zakaria said that the investigation was the biggest challenge the commission has faced in his career and that it was the “biggest investigation since 1967.”

MACC is currently trying get statements from three key witnesses, who are believed to be overseas.

One of them is 1MDB’s former chief investment officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, who is also a director of SRC International.

Zakaria also urged the Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Mohamed Apandi Ali to revive the special task force investigating 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

 

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