An Image of Gutter Politics “MACC seize documents from Selangor’s Rodziah”, Selective Investigation (updated)

By Neville Spykerman

SHAH ALAM, Aug 7- The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today returned to the office of Selangor executive councillor Rodziah Ismail to take documents on state allocations for the Sementa constituency.

MACC officials entered her office at the State Secretariat at 3.30pm, after initially providing notice to obtain the documents from her special assistant, Mohd Saadon Muah, who oversees the distribution of funds at the Barisan Nasional (BN) held state seat.

Mohd Saadon said the MACC officers did not accept the documents because they were copies and he had to follow them to the Klang District Office so they could obtain originals.

“I was not arrested and allowed to leave but the MACC offices left District Office much later after speaking to staff there.” he said.

On Wednesday, MACC officers from Putrajaya turned up at Rodziah’s office to conduct investigations after allegations began surfacing about her on pro-Umno blogs several days earlier.

However, lawyers appointed by the state prevented them from entering the office because they did not serve any prior notice, before showing up at her office.

Rodziah expressed disappointment with MACC raid for starting investigations on her purely on rumours and poison-pen letters.

However, the Batu Tiga state lawmaker said the MACC was free to conduct their investigation.

Selangor political aide Teoh Beng Hock died in mysterious circumstances on July 16 after bein questioned as a witness in a similar complaint.

His death is the subject of an on-going inquest while the government has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the MACC, which took over from the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) on January 1.

Malaysian Insider


With due notification, MACC allowed to enter Rodziah’s office

Friday, 7 August 2009
Suara Keadilan Online

By SK English News

As expected, officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission returned to the office of Selangor executive councillor Rodziah Ismail after failing to gain entry two days ago because they had bungled by not issuing the proper notification required under the law.

The same team who tried to barge into her office at the Selangor state secretariat came again on Friday at 3.30pm. This time they were successful, having given prior notification to her special assistant Mohd Saadon Muah.

Mohd Saadon told reporters the MACC officers were looking for documents on state allocations for Sementa constituency, an Umno-held seat but under Rodziah’s purview.

Rodziah is the PKR assemblyman for Batu Tiga. She is also the executive councillor in charge of welfare, women affairs, science technology and innovation.

In the end, Mohd Saadon went with the MACC officers to the District Office because they wanted the originals and not copies of the relevant documents.

This is strange because if that was requirement, they could have gone directly to the District Office on their own without creating a scene at Rodziah’s office.

It buttresses speculation that the MACC was out to embarrass Rodziah. They have already initiated similar investigations against other Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen, again based mainly on anonymous and flimsy reports appearing on pro-Umno blogs.

“I was not arrested and allowed to leave but the MACC offices left District Office much later after speaking to staff there,” Mohd Saadon said.

Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim has said that the MACC was entitled to check whatever they wished to but they must do so according to the law.

“It is quite common for MACC coming to the SUK building to conduct investigation and it’s accepted by the state government. I will also allow MACC to have a room inside my office to conduct their investigations if the need arises,” Khalid had said a touch sardonically.

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