The Sun, Monday, April 27, 2009 reports that Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is suing MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Said Hamdan and the Government of Malaysia over statements that Tan Sri Khalid had abused his powers.
Datuk Ahmad Said had on February 21, 2009 remarked to the effect that the investigations into the alleged misuse of power by Tan Sri Khalid over the maintenance of his personal car, and the purchase of 46 cattle during Hari Raya Aidiladha, had found reasonable evidence to prosecute Tan Sri Khalid for misuse of power. Former Selangor Menteri Besar Khir Toyo also found it opportune to ride along on the claim that Tan Sri Khalid did misuse his powers.
This will be an interesting case to watch, as it involved the boss of MACC, who in this instant was seen to have acted beyond his powers and function, by uttering a statement that ‘inferred a judgment’ over a case under his investigation, which rightly is the exclusive powers and functions of the Attorney General.
I am quite sure Datuk Ahmad Said knows the limits of his powers, and that his function is merely to conduct an investigation to determine the facts of a case. Should the investigation finds that there is a case to answer, it is then referred to the Attorney General office who will then decide whether to proceed with the case or otherwise. Certainly, it is not Datuk Ahmad Said who is to decide or to infer whether there is a case to answer or otherwise.
I am also watching keenly whether Tan Sri Khalid will take a similar action on Khir Toyo, who was the person to have blown the case out of proportion, and for MACC to have acted in a flash over this case. I am just wondering whether MACC would want to do the same for the many cases of abuse of power by Khir Toyo, that is presently being investigated by the Selangor state government.
And surely, if one were to dig into the affairs of each and every state governments, one will surely find some element of abuse by state officials and including that of the Menteri Besar. If we were to continue doing this, I am quite sure the MACC officers will not be able to get enough sleep.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION