MACC chief gets death threat linked to Teoh’s death

(The Malaysian Insider) – Top anti-graft buster Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan was threatened with being shot to death in a letter received on July 24 from unknown persons seeking revenge for the mysterious death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said yesterday.

News of the threat came in tandem with strong sentiment among top brass in MACC that the Najib administration is not supportive enough of the agency, with some displeased that the government acceded to a royal commission to investigate its methods.

There is also a growing view that MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed is more qualified to lead the national anti-graft body than Ahmad Said, who is now under tight protection due to the death threat.

The threat to the MACC chief commissioner was contained in a letter addressed to the commission's Selangor head office in Plaza Masalam, where Teoh was found dead on July 16 after 10 hours of questioning as a witness in alleged abuse of state funds.

Selangor MACC director Jaafar Mahad said the writer not only threatened Ahmad Said's life but also linked his family and the rest of the commission staff to the case.

"The handwritten letter used foul language to express anger towards Ahmad Said, his family and MACC officials following Teoh's death. A police report was made at the Shah Alam police district headquarters a few days after the letter was received," Jaafar was quoted as saying by the Malay-language Berita Harian newspaper.