Thursday, August 20, 2009

AG files motion against Selangor govt circular - Star


PUTRAJAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers has filed a motion in the Shah Alam High Court to nullify a circular issued by the Selangor State secretary over a directive involving interviews being conducted to assist investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The AG is seeking to nullify Circular No 4, 2009 dated July 28 and is also seeking ancillary orders deemed fair and suitable by the court.

Last month, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim issued a directive that state officials could only be questioned by enforcement authorities at the state secretariat building and not outside their place of work, especially in cases concerning abuse of funds.

The directive came following the sudden death of Teoh Beng Hock, 30, an aide to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah on July 16.

Teoh, who had been assisting an MACC probe into allegations of misuse of allocations by several state assemblymen, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam here, nine floors below the state MACC office.

On Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that the Selangor government’s directive to “restrict” MACC officers from interviewing state representatives outside the state secretariat building was not legally binding.

He said that the state could not issue directives that appeared to set limits on independent investigations by the MACC and could be deemed as obstructing a government official from executing his duties.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Ghani Patail said then that his Chambers would be filing an application in court to seek a declaration that the directive by Khalid was null and void.

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