Ex-MACC director lodges reports against Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR — Openly accusing Datuk Seri Najib Razak of power abuse, Datuk Abdul Razak Idris filed two reports yesterday with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) he was once part of.

According to media reports, the former MACC investigations and intelligence director claimed Najib had abused his position for personal gratification and owned properties beyond his means.

“The reason I am lodging the reports today (yesterday) is so that MACC can take swift action,” Abdul Razak was quoted telling reporters at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

He was also reported saying he will discuss with anti-graft officials if he should file a police report against Najib for action to be taken under Section 217 and 218 of the Penal Code.

Section 217 criminalises action by a public servant who knowingly disobeys any direction of the law to save a person from punishment, or to mitigate the punishment; or property from forfeiture. Those found guilty can be penalised with a jail term of up to two years, a fine or both.

Section 218 states that a public servant who frames an incorrect record or writing with intent to save a person from punishment, or property from forfeiture, shall be punished with jail of up to three years, a fine, or both.

When asked, Abdul Razak said he was only acting now on the advice of a “former boss” whom he declined to name and because the authorities’ hands were tied previously.

“Some are also worried about me for boldly coming out to lodge a report but it’s alright,” Abdul Razak was quoted saying.

“I’m already 69 years old. If I die, I die for the country.”