Saturday, 30 July 2016

Shake Up in MACC

Shake up in MACC

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad, a director in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, is the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) chief commissioner.

Dzulkifli’s appointment, which was widely rumoured several days prior to the announcement, was well received by A-G Tan Sri Apandi Ali and senior lawyers.

Chief Secretary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa ended the speculation yesterday when he announced that Dzulkifli will start as MACC chief tomorrow. His tenure will be until July 31, 2021.

“The appointment is in accordance with Section 5 (1) of the MACC Act 2009,” Dr Ali said in a statement yesterday.

Dzulkifli, 48, takes over from outgoing chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, who officially steps down tomorrow but started his leave yesterday.

Congratulations: Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (left) presenting Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad with his appointment letter to the post of MACC chief commissioner.

Abu Kassim’s contract as chief commissioner was supposed to end on Dec 4, 2018, but the date was brought forward to Aug 1 this year upon his request.

Apandi welcomed the news and wished Dzulkifli all the best. “I hope we can work closer together to eradicate corruption,” he said.

Dzulkifli’s former boss Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail declined to comment when contacted.

During his 23 years in service, Dzulkifli contributed to various divisions before his last post as director in the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team (NRRET).

He started his career as a prosecutor in 1993 where he served in the Commercial Crime Unit for 10 years and was the unit’s chief for another six years.

He was chairman of a special task force and was director of management of criminal cases. He also served in various other units such as the Classified Case unit and forfeiture of property unit.

Dzulkifli also handled several high-profile corruption and criminal breach of trust cases in the past.

This includes the prosecution of two Tabung Haji senior general managers, Mohamad Shafie and Mohamed Amin Sidek, in 2002.

However, Mohamad was discharged and acquitted in 2012 by the Court of Appeal.

He also led the prosecution team when National Feedlot Corpora-tion chairperson Mohamed Salleh Ismail was charged four years ago.

Dzulkifli has a Bachelors of Law Degree and DSLP (Diploma in Syariah and Legal Practice) from the International Islamic University.

He was called to the Bar in 1993. He is married to Datin Bitizela Mohd Bidin and the couple is blessed with a son and a daughter.

Dr Ali also announced that current MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali has been transferred to the Immigra-tion Department and appointed as the new director-general effective Aug 1, replacing Datuk Seri Sakib Kusmi.

The other transfers of high-ranking officials announ­­­ced were Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, who was transferred to the Higher Education Ministry as the new secretary-general, Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang as the new Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry secretary-general and Datuk Dr Mohd Azhar Yahaya as the new Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry secretary-general.

All three appointments are effective Aug 5.

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