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ACA submits report on Johari
PENANG, April 21 - The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) has submitted a report on its graft investigations against Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
“I have no further comments. We have completed our preliminary investigations,” ACA acting director-general Datuk Ahmad Said Hamdan told reporters after closing a ACA-media forum here yesterday.
The investigations centre on claims that Mohd Johari had allegedly received RM5.5mil for the release of criminals detained under the Emergency Ordinance.
Earlier, Ahmad Said said the ACA would set up a special committee with the mass media to streamline news reports on graft cases.
He said the committee would discuss “suitable approaches” in reporting corruption cases.
“The committee will also look into ways to educate the public via anti-corruption campaigns,” he said.
Ahmad Said said the committee was necessary as the media often faced challenges in obtaining accurate and credible information from the agency.
“This has sometimes caused friction between both parties. Probably, they are unclear about each other’s job scope.
“Through such forums and the special committee, we can promote better co-operation,” he added.
Penang ACA director Jaafar Mahad said this year the state ACA received139 tip-offs, which resulted in the arrest of 10 persons including six civil servants.
“Last year, we received 531 tip-offs which led to 27 arrests,” he said. theStarOnline