MACC dragging feet in P.I. Bala case

(Free Malaysia Today) – The lawyer for private investigator P. Balasubramaniam recently offered his help to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its investigation into his client’s allegations of blackmail and bribery that implicate people close to the Prime Minister and his wife.

Americk Sidhu emailed MACC officer Abdul Rahman Bachok last Dec 4 and again on Dec 10, saying he could secure Bala’s cooperation in the investigation.

However, apart from a phone call from Abdul Rahman on Dec 8 to confirm the email sender’s identity, Americk has not received any response from Abdul Rahman or the MACC, fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin reports in a blogpost today.

“It appears like they are stumped and do not know what to do,” said Raja Petra, who is in self-imposed exile from Malaysia.

“To respond would mean that the MACC would have to meet Bala and take his statement, which is clearly something they would not like to do.”

Raja Petra — popularly known as RPK — suggests that the MACC is hoping that Bala is not contactable so it can close the file and declare that it is not able to proceed any further in the investigation.