Shukri takes over MACC post (Updated)

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull has been named by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the top man to take over the reigns at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Dr Mahathir said the decision was easy as Shukri has the expertise and he is against any wrongdoing.

"He (Shukri) has experience and information. He is also strongly against any wrongdoing," he said.

He added that Mohd Shukri will investigate former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's role in blocking MACC's investigations in the past.

Mohd Shukri, 58, was the MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) and went into retirement in 2016.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Mustafar Ali and Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Khalid were also previously shortlisted as potential candidates to take over from Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad who quit his post on Monday.

Mohd Shukri, who is known to be a strict and no-nonsense graft-buster had in 2015 headed investigations on the financial scandal of SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of the controversial state-owned investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and later a probe on the RM2.6 billion donation paid to the personal accounts of Najib.