Shukri is back to helm MACC

Two years af­ter re­tire­ment, he re­turns to an­swer ‘call of duty’

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By ROYCE TAN and VIC­TO­RIA BROWN news­desk@thes­

PETAL­ING JAYA: In 2016, he opted to re­tire and de­liver an emo­tional part­ing shot but two years on, Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull is back in charge of the Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC).

The coun­try’s for­mer No.2 graft buster ad­mit­ted that he was sur­prised by the “call of duty”.

“At the mo­ment, I don’t want to com­ment about my ap­point­ment,” he said when con­tacted.

Yes­ter­day, Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad an­nounced that the 58­year­old would take over the post of MACC chief com­mis­sioner.

“He has vast ex­pe­ri­ence and a lot of in­for­ma­tion (on past wrong­do­ings of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment),” Dr Ma­hathir said at a press con­fer­ence.

On Mon­day, Mohd Shukri was sum­moned to meet Dr Ma­hathir in Pu­tra­jaya, where he said the Prime Min­is­ter asked him about the 1MDB case.

At his re­tire­ment two years ago, he broke down and re­minded his col­leagues to per­form their du­ties with­out fear or favour.

“MACC is not for cow­ards. I suf­fered from in­som­nia and have high blood pres­sure.

“I have been in­sulted and even ac­cused of be­ing a con­spir­a­tor to top­ple the Gov­ern­ment,” he said in his part­ing speech back then.

Mohd Shukri also shared the chal­lenges he faced in the line of duty such as re­ceiv­ing death threats and a live bul­let be­ing sent to his house.

He also re­vealed in an of­fi­cial MACC video that there were at­tempts to in­ter­fere in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Once there is a case, we must com­plete the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers. I will not al­low any­one to in­ter­fere and I won’t al­low my of­fi­cers to stop a probe. “I’ve never ques­tioned the de­ci­sion to charge or not ... that is not my power.

“Let’s have sep­a­ra­tion of power be­tween in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­ecu­ tion,” he said.

Mohd Shukri’s suc­ces­sor Datuk Seri Azam Baki was elated and re­ceived the news of his re­turn with open arms.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with him again due to his pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

“He has vast ex­pe­ri­ence in fight­ing cor­rup­tion and his in­tegrity can­not be ques­tioned,” Azam said.

He added that he and Mohd Shukri joined the MACC in 1984 to­gether with for­mer chief com­mis­sioner Tan Sri Abu Kas­sim Mo­hamed.

Mean­while, Dr Ma­hathir said he was still mulling over the role of Abu Kas­sim on ac­count of his ex­per­tise and knowl­edge about wrong­do­ings by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

On Mon­day, Tan Sri Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion as MACC chief com­mis­sioner.

He took over from Abu Kas­sim. His con­tract was sup­posed to end on July 31, 2021.

— Ber­nama

Mak­ing a come­back: Mohd Shukri was sum­moned to meet Dr Ma­hathir in Pu­tra­jaya on Wed­nes­day.

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