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Police to probe TMI report on recommendations of MACC panel

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Police will be investigating a report by The Malaysian Insider (TMI) over supposed recommendations made by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) operations review panel.

The police would be summoning TMI's chief editor to facilitate the investigations, Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted this morning.

PCIRC @PDRMsia panggil Ketua Editor @tm_insider dan siasat lapuran yg mengelirukan org ramai berkenaan Panel MACC

— Khalid Abu Bakar (@KBAB51) February 26, 2016

In an immediate response, TMI quoted its chief editor Jahabar Sadiq as saying that he and other editors as well as the journalist who wrote the report would be at the Bukit Aman police headquarters at 3pm.

He also pledged their fullest cooperation to the police.

"They have called us to give our statements and we will give our full cooperation.

"They have called for me, the journalist who wrote the story, editors, sub-editors... it should be about six people in all. We stand by our report," Jahabar stressed.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) yesterday confirmed that it has blocked access to news portal The Malaysian Insider through the Malaysian Internet service providers (ISPs).

However, MCMC did not state how the portal flouted Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, which deals with abuse of communications networks.

While MCMC did not specify it, among articles published by TMI yesterday cited a source as saying that the MACC has “credible evidence to frame charges” against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The report quoted an unnamed MACC operations review panel member.

However, the panel chairperson Hamid Bugo has denied the committee believed there was enough evidence to prosecute Najib.

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