Chief Secretary: MACC duo reinstated after explanations given
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa confirmed today that the two directors from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) who were issued transfer orders last week have been reinstated to their original posts in the agency.
In a brief statement, Ali said the duo — MACC special operations division director Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and strategic communications director Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob — were summoned today to explain recent remarks they made to the media.
“Following their explanations, I decided to rescind the order to transfer the duo to the Prime Minister’s Department and allow them to return to their original posts effective August 10,” he said in the statement.
On Friday, both Bahri and Rohaizad received transfer notices telling them they were to report to the Prime Minister’s Department today.
According to a source, the transfers were due to “disciplinary issues” involving the duo.
It is still not known what disciplinary issues led to the duo’s transfer.
Earlier last week, Bahri lashed out at the apparent crackdown on MACC amid its ongoing probe on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), raising the suspicion of “hidden hands” behind the order to arrest and question his men.
The police have since denied the allegation.
On Thursday during a visit to MACC’s office by several opposition lawmakers, Rohaizad said the agency was “grateful for the support shown” by the leaders and vowed to “continue to do our best work”.
Apart from hauling up seven MACC officers over the alleged leak of classified information on the 1MDB investigation, two of whom were also arrested and released after several hours, the police have also conducted two raids on the anti-graft agency’s offices over the span of two weeks.
1MDB is currently under investigation by four federal agencies — MACC, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) the police and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).