Tunku Aziz: Unfair to claim Malaysia is facing corruption crisis
PUTRAJAYA: It is not fair for institutions to come up with hurried statements claiming that Malaysia is facing a corruption crisis, says Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) oversight panel chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.
He said the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue did not prove the country was in a crisis.
Tunku Aziz, who spoke to reporters during the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here, criticised Transparency-International chair José Ugaz on his views on Malaysia.
“It was unfair and ridiculous for him to say that the country is in a crisis.
“The speech where he repeated the charge that Malaysia is in a corruption crisis, I think, this statement is ill-advised,” he added.
In his keynote speech at the IACC opening ceremony on Wednesday, Ugaz brought up the issue of 1MDB and the donation.
The donation referred to accusations by critics who alleged that RM2.6bil from 1MDB was transferred to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s personal account.
The MACC then announced that the money allegedly deposited into Najib’s personal accounts came from donors and not 1MDB.
Tunku Aziz stressed that the MACC was and is still investigating 1MDB, adding that it was important to let the authorities complete their investigation.
“I understand the case involves a huge amount, but a proper and thorough investigation needs to be done before action can be taken. Why can’t they wait until the investigation is completed?
“If (the Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) is guilty and if the law says he should be hanged, then go ahead and do that.
“But I want to emphasise here that we are governed by the rule of law in this country. That is the basis of our legal system and civilisation,” said Tunku Aziz.
He said the people should not allow emotions to get in the way of justice.