Ex MACC Director: Corp Corruption just as bad


Akhbar Satar is an expert criminologist who holds many posts as well as credentials in the area of crimes and investigations. The former MACC Director who has more than 25 years experience in his field is now the Managing Director of Akhbar & Associates Sdn Bhd, where he leads a team of professionals in carrying out Due Diligence, Pre-employment Screening and Corporate Fraud Investigation.

As a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Akhbar has a wide knowledge in corruption, corporate fraud and white-collar crimes (forgery, cheating, criminal breach of trust and fraud) as well as crime prevention and formulation of anti fraud policies. He’s too all too familiar with interrogation techniques especially in reading body language and behavioural pattern of suspects.

During his 18-year service with the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), he held various managerial and head of department posts including the Director of Training and State Director of ACA, Negeri Sembilan. In 2001, he went for an optional retirement to pursue his ambition to provide a professional fraud prevention service commercially and founded the Polygraph Science Academy Malaysia (PSAM) in 2003. Accredited by the American Polygraph Association (APA) and American Association of Police Polygraphists(AAPP), PSAM provides technical lie detection service and training. The school has trained local candidates as well as those from Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan.

A masters graduate in Criminal Justice (University of Detroit), Akhbar has also spoken in seminars and conventions held locally and overseas. He is a hands-on investigator and trainer in the field of fraud prevention spanning for more than 20 years to date.

Other posts and credentials Akhbar holds presently include  and Director of Polygraph Science Academy Malaysia., Certified Polygraph Examiner, and also a full member of the American Polygraph Association. Akhbar is the President of the Malaysian Chapter of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Honorary Member of Livonia Police Lieutenants & Sergeants Association, Michigan, Oakland Criminal Justice Association, Michigan and Wayne County Detective Association, Michigan, USA and Director of Centre for Fraud, HELP University.

Malaysian Digest caught up with Akhbar at his office recently to enlighten us with the white-collar and corporate crimes as well as the recent state of affairs in Malaysian corruption.