The incredulous selective investigation by MACC


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August 06, 2009 17:23 PM

No Notice Served On Me By MACC — Rodziah

SHAH ALAM, Aug 6 (Bernama) — Selangor executive councillor Rodziah Ismail said that there was no instruction or notice issued to her to give a statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Wednesday in connection with the allegation of misappropriation of funds by several state assemblymen, recently.

She said the MACC’s presence Wednesday at the State Secretariat (SUK) building was more to question her special officer from the service centre located at Sementa state constituency.

“I was at the exco meeting when my special assistant told me that MACC officers had issued a notice to meet him, and I made sure that he was accompanied by the state legal adviser as instructed by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. The discussion yesterday only took place between MACC officers and the legal adviser representing my special officer,” Rodziah told reporters at her office at the SUK building, here Thursday.

The MACC officers from Putrajaya turned up at Rodziah’s office at the SUK building yesterday afternoon as part of its investigation into the alleged abuse of constituency funds by certain elected representatives in the state.

However, Rodziah’s staff refused to allow them entry, and her lawyers subsequently arrived and told the MACC officers that they could not enter without a warrant.

Asked on the discussion held between the MACC and the legal officers, she said the discussion was more on the need for MACC to issue notices so that the persons to be interviewed could prepare the necessary documents, statements and witnesses prior to the investigation.

Rodziah, who is also Batu Tiga assemblywoman, did not rule out the possibility that the MACC’s presence yesterday was politically planned by certain quarters.

“As an exco member fighting for justice, transparency and accountability, I am not afraid to be investigated. On my part, I have discharged my duties to the utmost of my ability,” she said, adding the Sementa constituency was adopted by her in June last year.

Datuk Abdul Rahman Palil is the assemblyman for Sementa.

Meanwhile, Rodziah also expressed disappointment with the MACC’s move in conducting investigation just based on rumour and poison-pen letters.

— BERNAMA

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