Hand Over To MACC For Investigation, Says Anwar

The government handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to carry out an investigation into the case of hiring foreign workers involving Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

At the same time, he asked the public not to do anything related to the issue.

“It is not appropriate to give any delay in the issue of the Minister of Human Resources (Ministry of Human Resources) apart from him being called to give an answer to the matter raised by the MACC.

“There is also a difference between investigation or prosecution… so we leave the investigation to the MACC… then if there is no prosecution, it’s okay, if there is, that’s another matter,” he said.

He said this to reporters after completing the launch of Sayr Al-Salikin’s Masterpiece (4 Volumes) and Hikayat Iskandar Zulkarnain at Wisma Dewan Bahasa dan Pustakatoday.

Yesterday, MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki confirmed that Sivakumar attended the MACC Headquarters in Putrajaya to give evidence following the arrest of several of his officers believed to be related to the issue of hiring foreign workers.

Earlier recently, MACC had arrested two senior officers of Sivakumar to assist in the investigation, following a complaint received by the commission regarding a case involving the hiring of foreign workers.

Meanwhile, when asked if Sivakumar should be on leave until the investigation is completed, Anwar said that at the moment there are no charges against the minister.

“Investigation, there are no charges yet… if there is an investigation, (for example) I as the Prime Minister have to give an explanation, I will not resign,” he said.

Anwar went on to say that the Unity Government led by him is always strict in matters related to governance and fighting corruption.

“In this matter we don’t care if it offends anyone, which figure, which party… that’s our position,” he said.

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