PETALING JAYA: Corrupt politicians have been warned to “be careful” by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad (pic).
In a live television interview on Thursday, Dzulkifli said he had previously said that he would take action on anyone who carried out corrupt practices, adding that it included “politicians of any rank”.
“On my 100th day as MACC chief, I said that I will not be stopped from taking action on politicians.
“Tonight, I would like to say to corrupt politicians, just you wait (tunggulah),” he said.
Dzulkifli added that the MACC was not worried about “protected individuals” who commit systemic corruption.
“There is no issue about them being protected, I can guarantee that all those who commit corruption will not be left alone. I will take action against them without fear or favour,” he reiterated.
Dzulkifli, however, added that the MACC does have its own limitations.
“There are only 2,900 members and officers in the whole of the MACC, of which only 900 carry out legal enforcement as others are in the prevention and education departments, among others.
“Now if you look at civil service alone, there are 1.6mil of them, so that is one.
“Besides that is budget, that has been cut and it is at its lowest since 2013,” he said.
Dzulkifli, however, added that he would not allow the limitations to stop the anti-graft body from carrying out its duties.
Thursday’s television appearance marked his first ever live interview since his appointment in July last year.
Dzulkifli, a veteran in the civil service, was the head of the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team of the Attorney-General’s Chambers before being appointed MACC chief commissioner.
He took over from Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.