A formal investigation by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Maxis Communications Bhd tycoon T Ananda Krishnan and its director Ralph Marshall should spur its Malaysian counterpart to do the same, according to PKR.Subang MP R Sivarasa said that there was no excuse for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to claim ignorance over the matter.
“It would be a bit difficult for the MACC to say that they don’t know about this,” he told reporters st the Parliament lobby here today.
Sivarasa said this while holding today’s edition of the Sun newspaper, with the headline: “India Probes Tycoon” on its cover.
The paper was referring to a New Indian Express report – an Indian newspaper – that both Ananda and Marshall were being investigated on charges of criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
India’s telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi as well as three companies (Astro, Maxis and Sun TV) were also implicated in the scandal.
Citing the MACC Act, Sivarasa said that Malaysians guilty of bribery or corruption out of the country could be charged in Malaysia.
“The MACC should treat this report as a report to them. They should not wait for us to go to them and lodge a report,” he said.
According to a PKR press statement, Section 66 of the MACC Act states that the MACC and the Malaysian courts have the jurisdiction to prosecute and convict citizens and permanent residents who committ bribery and corruption in foreign countries.
Sivarasa also said that the MACC should take its own initiative to investigate the Maxis chiefs.
“MACC should take that initiative. Even the police can act without a (police) report,” he said, adding that the scandal’s publicity was enough for the government agency to take action.
“We don’t want continuous cases where corrupt acts of Malaysians are investigated and prosecuted in other countries when they get off scot-free in our country.”
Batu MP Tian Chua suggested that with the ongoing scandal in India, the authorities here should investigate if there were “similar cases” taking place in Malaysia.