Dr M: MACC chief chose to fall on sword

Dr M said Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad opted to resign as the head of the MACC. — Bernama pic
Dr M said Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad opted to resign as the head of the MACC. — Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, May 14 — Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad opted to resign as the head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

When asked why the head of the anti-graft agency did so, the prime minister said the move was just one of several available to Dzulkifli.

“That is his choice. He may just be removed after an investigation, or he can resign, or take leave and go on a holiday.

“If the investigation reveals a case against him, then we will take action,” he said at a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here.

Dr Mahathir said he met with several senior officers to discuss a replacement and said he hoped the new MACC chief could be appointed tomorrow.

He also did not rule out the possibility that more senior government officials will be investigated, but said it will take some time as there were rules and procedures to follow.

Earlier this morning, Dzulkifli submitted his resignation to the Chief Secretary Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, and will be transferred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers tomorrow.

Other major casualties so far include Tan Sri Shahrir Samad, who left as chairman of Felda, and Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah, who was relieved of all duties as Treasury Secretary-General with immediate effect.

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