The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has warned corrupt politicians to “be careful”.
Its chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad, in a live television interview yesterday, Jan 26 said he had previously stated that he would take action on anyone involved in corrupt practices, including “politicians of any rank”.
“On my 100th day as MACC chief, I said that I will not be stopped from taking action against politicians.
“Tonight, I would like to say to corrupt politicians, just you wait (tunggulah),” The Star Online reported as he saying.
Dzulkifli added that the MACC was not worried about “protected individuals” who committed systemic corruption.
“There is no issue about them being protected, I can guarantee that all those who commit corruption will not be left alone. I will take action against them without fear or favour,” he added.
But Dzulkifli admitted that the MACC had its limitations in terms of logistics.
“There are only 2,900 members and officers in the whole of the MACC, of which only 900 carry out legal enforcement as others are in the prevention and education departments, among others.
“Now if you look at the civil service alone, there are 1.6 million of them, so that is one.
“Besides that, is budget, that has been cut, and it is at its lowest since 2013,” he said.
Dzulkifli, however, added that he would not allow the limitations to stop the anti-graft body from carrying out its duties.
The Astro Awani interview is Dzulkifl’s first ever live interview since his appointment in July last year.
Dzulkifli, a veteran in the civil service, was the head of the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team of the Attorney-General’s Chambers before being appointed the chief commissioner.
He took over from Abu Kassim Mohamed, and his tenure is until July 31, 2021.