MACC reshuffle likely due to China blunder

TTF: Actually, there is some truth to the rumour that several senior officers from the MACC may be transferred to other agencies.

The reasons are twofold:

1. First up, Dr Mahathir Mohamad suspects that these officers may be aligned with Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak and are therefore reluctant to do the dirty work he (Mahathir) wants them to do.

2. Then, there is the fact that Daim Zainuddin’s trip to China failed due to whispers from the DAP which these officers knew were fake but refused to alert Dato’ Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull about.

Shukri is the head of MACC.

On the 23rd of July 2018, I wrote (in red):

Daim was supposed to seal off a blanket agreement with China’s State Council regarding energy and infrastructure related projects worth some RM200 billion. The deal was supposed to be a sure thing given Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s willingness to venture with China in drilling the western edge of the South China Sea. Everything was going as planned until Dato’ Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull came into the picture. On Monday, the 18th of July 2018, the MACC head got his men to raid two Chinese state-owned entities that were involved with three mega-projects with links to China.

Daim was stumped.

So said The Strait Times Singapore, which added that the CEP elder, who came to know what happened moments before his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, “told Beijing that the raids were unfortunate.” An MACC insider who spoke to The Third Force (TTF) on condition of anonymity said more or less the same thing but added that Wang didn’t believe a word Daim said. According to him, the Chinese Foreign Minister warned the CEP elder “never to cross the diplomatic line” and accused Malaysia of intimidating China. A furious Daim called Shukri up moments after the meeting and gave the MACC chief a piece of his mind.

The most poignant of words used by Daim was this:

“Shukri, if you wanted to slap my face, you should have waited for me to come back to Malaysia.”

Strong words coming from a strong CEP man, who, according to the insider, told Shukri to arrange a top priority meeting with Mahathir upon his (Daim’s) return to Malaysia. A terribly shaken Shukri defended himself during the phone conversation by arguing that the raid was pursuant to a directive by the CEP to “zero in on anything with the slightest hint of 1MDB.” The MACC chief revealed that the Special Task Force (STF) into 1MDB received a tip-off that somehow linked state-owned China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) to the wealth fund and two former ministers from Barisan Nasional.

When Daim returned from China, he convened the top priority meeting and told Shukri that the MACC needed to be reshuffled.

Shukri has since identified officers who he feels betrayed him and cannot be trusted to handle secrets relating to black ops conducted by the Mahathir administration.

It is highly likely that these officers will either be transferred or demoted along with several others from other enforcement agencies.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) denied today a report claiming that several senior officers in its investigation and intelligence divisions would be transferred to other agencies.

MACC said the local daily’s report was irresponsible as it was merely based on information that had gone viral.

“This report can cause anxiety among MACC officers and it could be twisted, affecting MACC’s image and raising doubts in society,” MACC said in a statement.

Berita Harian reported today that the MACC commissioner had given the prime minister new names two weeks ago to replace senior ranking officials in the anti-corruption agency.

Source: The Malay Mail Online