DG: MACC will only screen GE14 candidates, not families

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will limit their screening to candidates submitted by the political parties for the 14th general election (GE14), without involving their families, reported Bernama.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad was quoted as saying yesterday that the question about screening family members did not arise as it is just screening and not an investigation.

He also said that MACC would not reveal the names of individuals listed for screening or any information received from the political parties, and that any relevant development would be relayed to the political party concerned for further action.

On Friday, it was reported that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak who is Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman had sent part of the list of its proposed candidates for GE14 to the MACC for screening.

Meanwhile in Kuching, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian was reported as saying he did not believe that the ongoing MACC probe into the misappropriation of RM40 million belonging to the Skills Development Fund Corporation is politically motivated.

On Friday, Human Resources Minister Dato Sri Richard Riot Jaem who is also SUPP deputy president went to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to give his statement, one day after his private secretary was remanded for six days to assist investigations into the fraud.

Dr Sim reiterated that the party would render their full cooperation with MACC. He also said that the party would take appropriate actions if their members are found guilty of graft.

He added that SUPP will not force Riot to take a leave of absence from the party.