Malaysiakini 'under probe' over report on DPP's transfer

Steven Gan, editor of Malaysiakini.
Steven Gan, editor of Malaysiakini.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR • News website Malaysiakini said yesterday that it is being investigated by the authorities over its report that a deputy public prosecutor was being transferred out of the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) special operations division.

Some 10 officers from the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) arrived at the Malaysiakini office in Petaling Jaya at 5pm to discuss the investigations, it said.

The pro-opposition online site reported on Monday that DPP Ahmad Shazalee Abdul Khairi was "suddenly" transferred from that division.

He had been involved in investigations into alleged financial irregularities of government-owned SRC International, Malaysiakini said. SRC International was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal report for alleged links to the diversion of funds into the bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

MCMC had previously recorded statements from Malaysiakini's editor-in-chief Steven Gan and a journalist in connection with the report, the news site said. Officials clarified that Mr Shazalee was promoted and remains with the MACC, but in a different division.

Said de facto law minister Nancy Shukri: "This is a good intention from the government to promote him... This good intention, however, is interpreted with malice by certain quarters."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2015, with the headline 'Malaysiakini 'under probe' over report on DPP's transfer'. Print Edition | Subscribe