Updated:- 4.30pm DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has challenged newly-appointed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Abu Kassim Mohamed to show that he can lead the anti-graft body towards becoming more independent, non-partisan and professional.investigations against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah.
In a statement today, he also told Abu Kassim that it is important for the body to attain “national and international confidence and recognition as a foremost graft buster in the league of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)”.
Lim also urged him to direct the Selangor police to drop the “baseless”
There is a new man at the helm at the MACC. He has received his papers from the Yang Di Pertuan Agong this morning. According to our informed newspaper source who could not interview him the new BIG MAN is in a hurry and his body language does show that “HE WILL BE AN ALL ACTION MAN.”
The groundswell has already been building up and many people when asked are of the same opinion that unless he goes for the BIG FISH he will still be like those before him. What is term the BIG FISH we shall know when he gets down to it and puts his foot down on it…
We shall see and below is the article posted by the internet portal Malaysiakini.
Abu Kassim Mohamed has been sworn in as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner today.
The 48-year-old top graft buster has received his appointment letter from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Istana Terengganu in Kuala Lumpur.
Abdu Kassim left the palace without talking to waiting journalists at about 10.40am.
Abu Kassim replaces Ahmad Said Hamdan, who submitted a written notice to have his contract of service shortened from May 25, 2010 to Dec 31, 2009.
Among those present at the swearing-in included Ahmad Said, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz and Inspector-General of Police Musa Hasssan.
MACC’s tainted reputation
The new chief commissioner inherits an agency whose reputation was severely tainted following the death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock last year.
The commission has also been criticised for allegedly practicing double standards when it comes to investigating Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat politicians.
Abu Kassim has a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the Michigan State University, United States.
He joined the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) on Sept 1, 1984 as an investigation officer. ACA was later renamed as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission last year.
Abu Kassim also served as director of planning and policy coordinator at the ACA headquarters, ACA director for Perak and Penang, director of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy and was seconded to Amanah Raya Berhad as its head of Integrity.
He was appointed deputy director-general (operations) of the ACA on Jan 1, 2001 and with the enforcement of the new Act on Jan 1, 2009, he was appointed deputy chief commissioner of MACC.
Can We Count on Him Going After And Catching THE BIG FISH…???