Probe on SRC International goes on, MACC deputy says after reinstatement

Mustafar said Bahri and Rohaizad will resume their portfolios as special operations division director and strategic communications director respectively. — Picture by Kamles Kumar
Mustafar said Bahri and Rohaizad will resume their portfolios as special operations division director and strategic communications director respectively. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 10 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will continue its probe on former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd, a senior officer with the anti-graft agency said after two of its directors were reinstated following a controversial transfer order.

“The duties and investigations are to continue as usual. The directors are still there and MACC will ensure the investigations would be done as usual in a free, transparent and professional manner,” MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali said when met outside the agency’s headquarters here.

Mustafar said senior MACC officers Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob had met with Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa and Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohd Zabidi Zainal earlier this morning to discuss their initial transfer out of the anti-graft body.

A full explanation was given on the purpose of their intended transfers, and both officers were given the opportunity to explain their positions, Mustafar added.

“Both the officers were given (an) explanation on the earlier made decision to transfer them. After the explanation, it was collectively decided to reinstate them,” he said.

With their reinstatement, Mustafar said Bahri and Rohaizad will resume their portfolios as special operations division director and strategic communications director respectively.

On Friday, both Bahri and Rohaizad received transfer notices telling them they were to report to the Prime Minister’s Department today.

According to a source, the transfers were due to “disciplinary issues” involving the duo.

It is still not known what disciplinary issues led to the duo’s transfer.

Earlier last week, Bahri lashed out at the apparent crackdown on MACC amid the ongoing probe on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), raising the suspicion of “hidden hands” behind the order to arrest and question his men.

The police have since denied the allegation.

On Thursday during a visit to MACC’s office by several opposition lawmakers, Rohaizad said the agency was “grateful for the support shown” by the leaders and vowed to “continue to do our best work”.

* Editor’s note: A previous version of this story had wrongly stated that MACC was investigating 1MDB when its investigation was actually on SRC International, a former 1MDB subsidiary. 

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