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MACC denies detention of ex-PAS rep politically motivated

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The MACC has refuted allegations that its recent investigation into a former assemblyperson was politically motivated.

The MACC said in a statement today that the accusation was excessive and wild, which damaged its image and reputation.

"It is emphasised that the MACC always adopts a professional attitude in any initiative, particularly when carrying out investigations on corruption without involving any political tendency.

"Any detention made by the MACC aims to facilitate investigation based on concrete evidence and is not politically motivated,” it said.

The commission also noted that it always followed existing law and national regulations when carrying out investigations, including on the detention and rights of an individual in lockup.

It added that it is always committed to discharging its duties in a transparent, independent and professional manner without favouring any individual or organisation.

As such, the MACC advised members of the public against spreading unconfirmed news using the name of the commission because such action would affect the commission's image and efforts to rid the country of corruption, misappropriation and abuse of power.

A former Selangor assemblyperson from PAS was detained on Sept 3 to assist in an investigation on power abuse involving more than RM50,000.

The former assemblyperson was alleged to have appointed a company, owned by the assemblyperson's son, as the supplier for a community programme for a service centre, between 2015 to 2018.

- Bernama

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