New MACC chief to share ‘interesting issues’

PUTRAJAYA: Members of the media will be briefed on 'interesting issues' including his past experiences tomorrow, newly appointed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said today.

Clocking in on his first day at the MACC headquarters, he described his second entry into the commission as a 'tough one' for him.

"I will brief the media tomorrow on numerous issues. In the meantime, I will have to rush for a meeting in Kuala Lumpur," he told reporters after officially reporting for duty as MACC chief, here.

Mohd Shukri was named by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the top man to take over the reins at the MACC.

He is expected to investigate former Prime Minister Datuk Sri 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 last week.

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.