Federal CID chief need not go on leave pending MACC probe

March 8, 2018 @ 3:06PM
By FAIRUZ BINTI MOHD SHAHAR

PUTRAJAYA: Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd will remain on active duty despite calls for him to be suspended or to go on leave pending an investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the MACC or any agency were free to investigate Wan Ahmad Najmuddin (over money worth nearly RM1 million which was found in the latter’s Australian bank account).

“However, in terms of his position, he should stay because he has been following procedures and had provided clarification (about the bank account)," he said.

Zahid said Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim) had also issued a statement which clearly stated that there was no wrongdoing.

"Wan Ahmad Najmuddin has explained and I believe his explanation was based on the evidence.

“The Inspector-General of Police (Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun) has also seen the sales and purchase agreement and the transaction made to his account in Australia,” he told reporters at a press conference after attending the ministry's monthly assembly and Excellence Award ceremony.

It was reported that the MACC had initiated an investigation against the top cop after a report was lodged against him following the freezing of his Australian bank account.

The Sydney Morning Herald had recently reported that the Australian Federal Police had frozen AUD$320,000 (RM975,792) which was transferred without compliance with Australian laws into Wan Ahmad Najmuddin’s Australian Commonwealth Bank account in 2016.

Following the report Fuzi was quoted as saying that Bukit Aman was made aware of the account, and its Integrity and Standard Compliance Department conducted an internal inquiry and cleared Wan Ahmad Najmuddin of any wrongdoing.

He said Wan Ahmad Najmuddin was able to provide documents to prove that the funds originated from the sale of his house in Shah Alam, which was then worth RM700,000.

Meanwhile, in another development, Zahid said Noor Rashid would continue in service on contract for a year after his mandatory retirement on March 17 as the deputy inspector-general of police.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the ministry was waiting for consent letter from Yang di-Pertuan Agung Sultan Muhammad V.

Noor Rashid was appointed the deputy IGP in December 2014 and was due to go on mandatory retirement at the age of 60 on March 17.

Noor Rashid, who hails from Yan, Kedah, holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Universiti Malaya. He joined the Royal Malaysian Police as an assistant superintendent of police in 1984.

(File pix) Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd. Pix by Owee Ah Chun
(File pix) It was reported that the MACC had initiated an investigation against the top cop after a report was lodged against him following the freezing of his Australian bank account.