‘Compromised’ MACC top brass should resign, says Chong

KUCHING, Oct 19: Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen has called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) top gun who allegedly had an affair with a married woman to step down for ‘dignity and respect’ for the job.

“This is someone’s wife, (he) caused a breakup of a family, that is not good,” Chong said, referring to MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad who was implicated in a sex scandal.

A video allegedly featuring Dzulkifli and someone’s wife on a romantic retreat in Bali, Indonesia, had gone viral on social media last weekend. The affair was said to be cause of divorce for the woman.

“Given the scandal that has been exposed, it’s only right that the MACC guy has the dignity and respect for the position to resign.”

Chong, who is also Pakatan Harapan state chairman, said the incident would definitely compromise Dzulkifli’s ability to carry out his job properly, especially since he has never denied that he was the person in the video.

Chong also said it was very uncalled for the UMNO minister who came out openly in support of the MACC chief to continue with the position. He was referring to Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak who urged Dzulkifli Ahmad to remain steadfast and not succumb to underhanded tactics aimed at undermining him.

Dzulkifli, however, has said that the video was a personal attack to tarnish his reputation and to discredit MACC’s efforts in combating corruption.

“We will not bow down to pressure. We will continue to carry out our duties and responsibilities to ensure that the country is rid of those who are involved in corruption and power abuse,” he was quoted as saying in a TV interview.

Dzulkifli said he has been in contact with Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun regarding the matter and the police are set to take further action.

Fuzi was earlier reported to have confirmed that police had received a report about a senior MACC official who was allegedly involved in a secret relationship with a married woman.

He added that police are investigating the allegations under Section 498 of the Penal Code.

Section 498 of the Penal Code refers to the offence of enticing a married woman with intent to have illicit intercourse.

If found guilty, a person could be imprisoned for up to two years or fined, or both.