KUALA LUMPUR — December 20, 2018: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is not into screening political turncoats as those guilty of any crime would be known through court records.
The agency’s chief commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull further pointed out that MACC had never vetted anyone, especially politicians, who switched parties because its screening is usually for governmental purposes.
“Our screening is usually for appointments in the civil service, promotions, early retirements and also on election candidates. In my opinion, it is unnecessary to screen those who merely want to switch parties,” said Shukri.
The need for political turncoats to be strictly vetted by the MACC, a preposterous suggestion no doubt, was sounded out by several Pakatan Harapan leaders after Umno saw many defections by its elected representatives who then expressed an interest in joining Pakatan.
Besides screening, the Youth chiefs of the coalition’s component parties on Monday suggested several conditions that their upper echelons should impose before accepting the defectors. The conditions include a declaration of assets and a public apology for supporting the previous (Barisan Nasional) government.
Since Pakatan won the May 9 general electionss, Umno has seen defections mainly by its MPs, with the last week alone registering desertions by 11, leaving the party with 37 MPs from the original 54.