MACC bows to pressure, pulls down contentious MC video

Bowing to public pressure, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) finally removes a public service announcement video depicting the sale of fake medical chits by doctors.

The video, which was uploaded on the anti-graft body’s social media platforms two days ago, was criticised by various quarters, including the Malaysian Medical Association. Doctors said the video had tarnished the image of the profession.

MACC, in a statement today, said the content of the video was based on an actual situation that was investigated by the agency.

“The video was meant to educate the public, and to create awareness about offering, giving and receiving bribes.

“The commission did not intend to degrade or question the professionalism of specialists, or medical practitioners.”

MACC said it valued all efforts, sacrifices and contributions made by medical practitioners, especially in the ongoing battle against Covid-19.

“In the spirit of accountability, we have decided to remove the video,” the statement read.

The anti-graft commission was still reeling from allegations that its chief commissioner, Tan Sri Azam Baki, had allegedly purchased two million shares of a public listed company, in 2015.

Pulai MP, Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub, earlier today, filed an emergency motion in Parliament, calling for the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board to further investigate Azam on the issue.

Salahuddin said this was in accordance with Standing Order 18(1)(2), adding that the matter was of public interest.

The board, however, had cleared Azam of any wrongdoing, as revealed during its press conference yesterday.

Azam had, in the same press conference, revealed that his trading account was used by his brother to purchase the shares. Azam’s revelation, however, raised eyebrows, as the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) Act clearly states that securities accounts must be in the name of the benefiting owner.

Azam also threatened to initiate legal proceedings against those who had tarnished his image, and that of the commission.