January 4, 2016
Time to Go Tan Sri Abu Kassim–Why hang on to a thankless Job
by FMT Reporters
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief, Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, might be replaced due to health reasons, The Malaysian Insider reported today.
Citing an unnamed source, the report stated speculation was rife within the Prime Minister’s Office and Police top brass that a senior police officer or a deputy public prosecutor from the Attorney-General’s (AG) Chambers could replace Abu Kassim.
The source alleged Abu Kassim’s health would be used as an excuse in an attempt to replace him.In August last year, the MACC Commissioner underwent surgery for a back problem and only returned to work in mid-October.
The source also said replacing Abu Kassim with a Police officer would lower morale and increase the negative public perceptions about MACC’s independence. Abu Kassim, who has led the MACC since January 2010, previously told Sinar Harian that his contract was due to expire in 2018, but expected to remain in office until 2020, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age.
The MACC hief is appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the Prime Minister for a period, and on terms and conditions specified in the appointment letter.
On December 31, FMT reported that the MACC had submitted three investigation papers to the (AG), two of which were related to the probe on SRC International, and another on the RM2.6 billion political donation Prime Minister Najib Razak received in 2013.
In the statement, MACC said it had presented its findings and recommendations to an independent panel of five members comprising experts in law, banking, corporate and investigations.