The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and police raided the offices of Malaysiakini and Star Online in Petaling Jaya this evening.
It was learnt that a team of 10 officers from both enforcement agencies entered the Malaysiakini’s premises about 5.15pm.
The raid is said to be over a Malaysiakini’s report that a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor (DPP) was transferred out of his division.
The officers “spoke” with Malaysiakini chief editor Steven Gan and the management.
As of 8pm, no arrest has been made but authorities were said to have confiscated a computer belonging to the company.
MCMC and police were expected to visit the news portal’s office again on Monday to record statements from two reporters.
Bernama tonight reported that the authorities raided Star Online’s office at about 6pm.
Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department head Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad was quoted as saying the raid was conducted following a report by an officer from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) last Tuesday.
“The officer claimed that the report has tarnished the good name of AGC.”
Zainuddin told Bernama that investigations were conducted under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code on the articles published and editors involved would have to give their statements.
On Wednesday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, said the transfer was internal and the DPP, Ahmad Shazalee Abdul Khairi, was still serving MACC, just that he was no longer in the special operations division.
He was part of the team that was investigating SRC International Sdn Bhd, a Finance Ministry subsidiary company.
Nancy said the transfer was due to Shazalee’s promotion in the civil service rank, which was rated by grades.
By Nabihah Hamid and Ram Anand, The Malaysian Insider