Kuala Lumpur, January 9 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has thrown its support behind Chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki, who has come under heavy fire since details of his purchase of millions of ringgit of shares in two public-listed companies were made public.
The anti-graft body said the commission is united in defending the institution and its chief for the sake of its continued fight against corruption and called for an immediate end to the ongoing imbroglio.
The statement was jointly signed by MACC’s three deputy chief commissioners – Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya (operations), Datuk Seri Norazlan Mohd Razali (prevention), and Datuk Junipah Wandi (management and professionalism).
“We represent the whole of MACC in stating our stand of supporting Azam’s leadership,” the memorandum of support read.
“We are of the view that the allegations and attacks made against him are motivated by the politics of revenge, to tarnish MACC’s image and reputation.”
“We urge all quarters to stop the attacks and allow the due legal process to be carried out fairly, transparently, and equitably.”
The chief commissioner told the press that the purchase of the shares was actually done by his brother, Nasir Baki, under his name, and that all the shares have since been transferred back to the latter.
According to Azam, the allegations were made against him by certain parties who wanted to use him to attack the MACC and ruin the commission’s image and his personal reputation.
Meanwhile, the Securities Commission (SC) has said it will summon Azam for questioning, after the latter said his brother had bought the shares under his name, before deciding on the next course of action.
The SC noted that under Section 25 of the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) Act 1991, every securities account opened with a central depository must be in the name of the beneficial owner of the deposited securities or in the name of an authorized nominee.