At present, the agency has to refer its completed investigations to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to decide on whether the case could be taken to court. With a dramatic change today, the AG’s Chambers will second a senior officer to be a director at the anti-corruption agency, giving him the powers to prosecute cases. This officer will report directly to the ACA chief. Which means, no more waiting for the AG to decide.
Earlier, I said that tThe ACA is questioning both the AG and the IGP on Anwar’s Black eye case. Both were said to have fabricated evidence in the latter’s trial in 1998.
But the ACA itself has lost credibility for being under the government’s payroll, hence it’s independence is questioned. (Update: Before it was up to the AG to decide on cases, but with the change, lets see how fat things go).
It’s lacklustre performance since its inception like some 30 years ago, make it look like kid’s play. (Update: with new powers, will it now do what it was really meant to do in the first place? Work independently and nail the culprits without fear or favour, without referring to any higher ups?).
To the eyes of many Malaysians, the ACA has become a clearing house for ‘case closed’.
Where would these questionings lead to? Malaysians are waiting with bated breath. But to me, this may all turn out to be: line clear and case closed!