MACC: Having one too many Hermes, Chanel or Louis Vuitton bags will raise eyebrows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

According to a report, MACC deputy chief commissioner for operations Datuk Azam Baki confirmed that his men monitored postings by civil servants who depicted a lavish lifestyle.

A model carries a Hermes signature Birkin with Himalayan crocodile leather and diamonds, sold for $300,168 at a Christie's auction on May 30, 2016 which becomes the world's most expensive handbag, at a preview in Hong Kong, China May 4, 2016. REUTERS

A model carries a Hermes signature Birkin with Himalayan crocodile leather and diamonds, sold for $300,168 at a Christie’s auction on May 30, 2016 which becomes the world’s most expensive handbag, at a preview in Hong Kong, China May 4, 2016. REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is now monitoring photographs of civil servants and their families posted on Facebook and Instagram to ensure their lifestyles match their earnings.

According to a report by The Star newspaper, posts of foreign holidays and those of expensive, luxury items will lead to further scrutiny to determine if the posters were involved in corrupt practises.

The MACC source declined to comment, however, when asked if such monitoring has led to any prosecutions.

“We do look into it. We can consider them as initial information to carry out further checks. If it warrants an investigation, then we will probe.

“We cannot check all postings, but mostly the public does send them to us and it is taken as a first information,” the person was quoted as saying.

In the news report, MACC deputy chief commissioner for operations Datuk Azam Baki also confirmed that his men monitored postings by civil servants who depicted a lavish lifestyle.

“We also rely on our public tip offs and our own intelligence gathering to investigate such cases,” he was quoted as saying.

Saying there was nothing inherently wrong with civil servants owning luxury items, Azam noted, however, that suspicions may be aroused when an individual appeared to own an excess. Read more