Machiavellian – definition: suggesting the principles of conduct laid down by Machiavelli; specifically : marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith.

Sooo .. what’s the connection with MACC?

According to the Star news report, the MACC’s director of investigations, Mohd Shukri Abdull, said:

The very people who talk about wanting to fight corruption themselves are creating all the problems.

“Their action in barring their employees from assisting us or coming to the MACC office as well as announcing to the world their people are being investigated and highlighting them in the media is hampering our investigations.’’

When we arrest members from the ruling Government, including ministers, MPs, state assemblymen or businessmen, we don’t see them making a scene or creating a ruckus.”

The NST filed this report and excerpted below are MSA’s other statements:

I am frustrated. We will stop probing all politicians, across the political divide, indefinitely. I am dead serious about this.

We have never asked for acknowledgment but we have been continuously whacked from all sides for doing our job.

We have been giving it our all, working seven days a week, even during Hari Raya, but the manipulations have affected us so badly that my officers and I just cannot go on like this.

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Strong words coming from one of the MACC top guyz, eh folks.

But the MACC is meant to be the vanguard state agency dealing with CORRUPTION, irrespective of any political and/or business affiliations, hence, MSA’s outburst sounds rather like a cop-out to me.

Seriously, who else but the UMNO(Baru)-led BN administration can exert any pressure on the MACC because PR do not have any leverage at the federal level. Besides, the MACC report directly to the PM, right.

Several pertinent points popped up in the above-mentioned media coverage:

  • …. new terms of reference for dealing with politicians …. The terms of reference will include a separate mechanism for handling corruption cases involving politicians.
  • …. they could not carry out their duties effectively in cases involving politicians as they were being slammed no matter what they did.
  • …. all investigations involving politics be suspended temporarily with immediate effect.

There seems to be an inordinate amount of references to politicians in MSA’s statements which gives one the impression that he’s could be referring to PR politicians’ condemnation on the recent MACC activities, including the mysterious death of Teoh Beng Hock.

However, hidden within these words lie the possibility that the MACC ‘truce offer’ to temporarily stop corruption investigations which involve politicians will also include the present on-going case on the PKFZ debacle.

Would it be fair to conclude that, ultimately, MACC’s recent activities were meant to garner a reprieve on further investigations into the largest financial scandal this nation has ever faced?

Not convinced?

Well, here are the other self-conflicting pertinent points:

  • The latest trend of bringing in the media was very worrying as it put additional pressure on the witnesses or suspects.
  • …. investigating corruption cases required discreet and in-depth work and most importantly the cooperation of witnesses.

And, let’s go back and check on the recent media reports on MACC, shall we.

a) BernamaMacc not Bn tool, says Najib.

b) theStarFormer council president faces Macc action.

c) theStarMacc out to get warrant to raid Selangor exco office.

d) TMINajib: Umno man held for graft shows Macc unbiased.

e) TMIMacc goes after another Selangor exco.

(Note: I posed this riddle at Hartal MSM on 6th August and no one gave the right answer)

In the case involving the BN politician, no name was mentioned.

The opposite is evident when PR politicians are being investigated.

In fact, how did the media get wind of the MACC raid on the Selangor exco if they (media) were not ‘informed’ by someone from the MACC in the first place.

Meanwhile, this chap was gestapo-ed (sic) while the jet-setting politician got the VIP (very important politician) treament.

If you are still not convinced, then you must be from the MACC.