MACC stays mum on Bala offer

(Free Malaysia Today) – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is refusing to confirm whether it is accepting lawyer Americk Sidhu’s offer to present private eye P. Balasubramaniam for an interview outside Malaysia.

“I cannot make any comments on this matter,” MACC officer Abdul Rahman Bachok said when contacted by weekly newspaper Suara Keadilan. “You will have to ask the Investigations Director. Only he can give comments.” However, the Investigations Director, Mohd Shukri Abdull, could not be contacted.

Abdul Rahman Bachok is the officer to whom Sidhu addressed his email last Dec 4 and again on Dec 10, saying he could secure Bala’s cooperation in the MACC’s investigation into allegations that people close to the Prime Minister and his wife were involved in blackmail and bribery in efforts to cover up allegations that the PM and murdered Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaaribu knew each other. The allegations came from Bala in a recorded interview with three prominent lawyers, including Sidhu. Videos of the interview have been posted on YouTube.

Abdul Rahman telephoned Sidhu on Dec 8 to confirm that he was the one who sent the email. Apart from that communication, however, Sidhu has not received any word from either Abdul Rahman or anyone else at the MACC, fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin has reported.