Candidates’ screening is not an investigation, says MACC

MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad says results will be kept confidential and will help parties to determine if their proposed candidates for GE14 are free from graft.

Dzulkifli-Ahmad-calon1KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has urged the public not to misunderstand its offer to screen candidates selected by parties to run in the upcoming 14th general election (GE14), saying the process was not an investigation.

Its chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad said the vetting procedure would only be conducted on candidates whose names were submitted by their respective parties to the agency, and would not include the candidate’s family members.

He also gave his assurance that the results would be kept confidential and handed over to the parties concerned for their action.

“We will do the necessary vetting and inform the parties of the results,” he said.

“It is then up to the parties to take whatever decision they wish,” he told reporters after the closing ceremony of the Kembara Jelajah Anti Rasuah 2017 event at the KL Tower here today.

He said this when asked if Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is Umno president and Pekan MP, would be subjected to the same “investigation” prior to GE14.

Dzulkifli had earlier this week invited parties to submit the names of their proposed candidates for screening to ensure those who contested in GE14 were free of corruption and abuse of power.

However, Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties and PAS questioned MACC’s own credibility to vet their candidates for GE14.

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said her party had its own internal vetting system while PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said vetting by the party’s Syura Council was sufficient to identify potential candidates.

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Meanwhile, Dzulkifli said only Barisan Nasional (BN) had sent a list of names of some of its members to MACC for the purpose of screening.

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