KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 — Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad should be allowed to do his job without any more attacks on his character, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.
He was asked to comment on a viral video and photos allegedly implicating the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief in an extramarital affair.
In his ministerial winding up speech here, Zahid said that he is also not able to provide any details on the matter, as the case has been handed to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), adding that Dzulkifli must be allowed to continue his job.
“As for the MACC chief, I can’t answer here, because to me that is an accusation. The video, which went viral, is something which its content is unknown to us.
“However, I feel, give him a chance to serve as the MACC Commissioner, to carry out (enforcement) actions, and don’t subject him to character assassination,” Zahid said.
He said the case has been handed to the AGC so that “something according to the law” can be done, if a police report has been made.
“I can’t give an answer now, because we have given case to the AGC to do something according to the law, if a police report has been made,” he said.
Zahid was responding to a question from DAP’s Puchong MP Gobind Singh, as to whether it has been confirmed that the man in the said video was indeed Dzulkifli, and if there were other MACC officers who were aware of his alleged trip to Bali with a woman whom he was supposedly pictured having an affair with.
Last month, after photos and videos Dzulkifli went viral, he vowed to carry on his fight against corruption, saying that he will not bow down or succumb to personal attacks and “dirty” allegations.
In an interview with local channel TV3, the MACC chief described the allegations as “dirty” and “despicable”, saying it was aimed at tarnishing his reputation and to discredit the commission.
Dzulkifli added that he has contacted Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun regarding the matter, and the police will take further action.