AN opposition leader today slammed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) “lack of evidence” to close its case on former Mara chairman Annuar Musa.
PKR’s Johari Abdul said it was just an “excuse to let Annuar off” and part of a pattern of letting other government leaders accused of graft getting away scot-free.
“It was expected because we have already seen, not for the first time, how Umno (and) Barisan Nasional leaders escape legal action,” the Sungai Petani MP said.
“The question now is whether the probe into Annuar before this had been a political show to shut the people’s mouths,” he said in a statement today.
MACC was investigating Annuar, the Umno information chief, over allegations that he had abused his position as Mara chairman in the sponsorship of the Kelatntan football team in January.
Following that, he was suspended from his post as Mara chairman and Mara Investments chairman.
The case was first highlighted by Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who alleged that Annuar had forced Mara Investments and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to sponsor the Kelantan football team.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki told the media earlier this week that the prosecutor decided not to charge Annuar, who was president of Kelantan FA until November last year, because “statements and evidence collected so far are not enough to prosecute”.
Johari said any case involving the opposition Pakatan Harapan leaders would swiftly become “selected cases” and “charged immediately” to show that MACC was fair in its job.
“The government has to stop acting and deceiving the people, who are now more mature in their assessments on issues.
“They want to see investigations proceed to the judgment process, not just to the extent of remands and releases.”
Johari urged MACC to be firm on corruption and to do its job independently and free of political pressures, so that the people could put their faith in the commission.
“For how long will corruption continue and harm the country?
“What else can I say? As long as the chief of corruption or MO1 is not prosecuted, his people will follow his footsteps and also be freed of charges.”
Earlier today, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng also raised the same issue against MACC, urging the anti-graft agency to function independently.
He said decisions by MACC should be free of political elements.