MACC uproar: Why have Azam and Ismail Sabri not spoken up? – Terence Gomez

'There appears to be a clear attempt to prevent an investigation into this matter'

Gomez meletak jawatan selaku panel SPRM

I am appalled that Borhan Dolah has stated that I have a “political agenda” in my call for an investigation into allegations of impropriety involving Azam Baki, the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

As a member of the MACC’s consultation and corruption prevention panel, I was duty-bound to act when these allegations were brought to my attention. Borhan should do the same.

I see Borhan’s persistent scurrilous attempts to discredit me as an attempt to distract attention from an investigation into Azam’s business-related activities.

Borhan only discredits himself as well as the office he holds, as chair of the consultation and corruption prevention panel, by desisting an open investigation of these allegations made against Azam.

Rather than deal with Borhan, I want to move on by raising two questions.

First, why has Azam Baki not responded publicly to the serious allegations made against him. Is he not aware that his silence on this matter suggests truth to these allegations? 

Second, why has Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob not spoken publicly on these allegations against Azam, even though they were raised in Parliament?

Since there appears to be a clear attempt to prevent an investigation into this matter by the people appointed by the Prime Minister’s Office to protect the integrity of the MACC, what is Ismail Sabri’s response to this matter?      

Dr Edmund Terence Gomez is a political economist who recently resigned from the MACC’s consultation and corruption prevention panel

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