MCMC, cops raid MalaysiaKini over report
(Malay Mail Online) – News portal Malaysiakini is being investigated by the police and local Internet regulators for reporting earlier this week that a prosecutor involved in the ongoing probe on SRC International Sdn Bhd was suddenly transferred out of the country’s anti-graft agency.
The news portal reported this evening that a team of about 10 officers from the police and the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) arrived at its office in Petaling Jaya at around 5pm.
Malay Mail Online understands that staff members were told that MCMC plans to seize all the computers from their office.
At the time of writing, Malaysiakini’s management is still in discussion with the officers.
The news portal also reported that MCMC has already recorded statements from its editor-in-chief Steven Gan and a journalist over the report that was published on Monday.
In the report, Malaysiakini had written that a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecutor involved in the remand of several witnesses for the probe on SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), was transferred out.
Although not expressly stated, the article appeared to suggest that the alleged transfer could for for deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Shazalee Abdul Khairi, the same officer who was on August 1 picked up by the police for questioning.
The report also said that DPP Ahmad Shazalee’s secondment to the MACC was supposed to run until 2017, but that the Attorney-General’s Chambers sent him a letter on October 14, asking him to report to it the following day.
On Twitter later, the AGC said Ahmad Shazalee had not been transferred out of the MACC.
On Wednesday, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri was quoted by Malaysiakini as telling Parliament that Ahmad Shazalee was only transferred internally and not out of the MACC.