It is not clear what is the agenda when MACC issued this statement, knowingly the Operational Review Panel had no constitutional powers to deal with any investigation carried by the Commission.
Apparently, MACC issued this statement based on the Operational Review Panel which met on the 29th and last time before the terms of the members expired within a few hours.
MACC admitted in this statement that they submitted the investigation papers (IPs) of the RM2.6 billion donation and SRC International cases to Attorney General on 31 Dec 2015 even though they are incomplete.
The fact that MACC issued a statement upon the submission of the IPs in the nature of the incomplete investigation is itself a point of contention.
A week later AG Tan Sri Apandi Ali issued a ‘No Further Action’ (NFA) notice on both IPs.
We are not sure what was the discussion of the ORP. However, it is very suspicious when MACC admitted their operational incompetency in investigation such high profile cases, which had been painted in scandalous tones especially by foreign media.
Another interesting fact that MACC commented on the lacklustre of the own IPs which was the basis of being rejected by AG, itself is telling.
What needs to be reminded is that on 3 August 2015, MACC issued a statement that the RM2.6 billion came from a donor and not from 1MDB funds. The Commission also interviewed Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak on 5 December 2015.
Maybe its timely that Prime Minister Najib should carefully review who are personalities appointed on the review panel. Any review panel of the Commission is expected to observe the duty of care, on behalf of the Malaysian public.
There could already be doubtful personalities within MACC key people with seemingly circus appearance tendencies. At least, on the political ring.