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‘No conflict between ACAB and Abu Zahar’

PETALING JAYA: There is no conflict between the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (ACAB) and chairman Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, says board member Prof Datuk Mohammad Agus Yusoff.

He said it was just a matter of having differing views on the accusations against MACC chief Tan Sri Azam Baki.

He also said they would meet soon to resolve these issues, Berita Harian quoted him as saying.

“We will conduct a board meeting at the end of this month and hopefully we will be able to resolve these differences of opinion. It was merely differing views and not a conflict,” Mohammad Agus said.

He said ACAB members, including him, had decided not to comment further to avoid escalating the situation.

Azam has been embroiled in a scandal after it was revealed he was involved in the purchase of millions of shares in two public-listed companies in 2015.

He said his brother borrowed his shares trading account to conduct the transactions and the shares were subsequently transferred to his sibling.

In a press conference on Jan 5, Abu Zahar said the ACAB was satisfied with the explanation given by Azam on the issue during an internal inquiry on Nov 5.

However, six other members of the ACAB – Tan Sri Ismail Omar, Datuk Seri Azman Ujang, Datuk Seri Akhbar Satar, Datuk Hamzah Kassim, Datuk David Chua Kok Tee and Mohammad Agus – distanced themselves from Abu Zahar’s statement, saying it was his personal view.

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