Perkasa supporting the MACC

Ultra-Malay extremist group Perkasa has joined the unlikely alliance around the nation’s anti-corruption agency as it struggles to sustain an investigation into funds flowing around Prime Minister Najib Razak. Perkasa, often labelled a front for the most extreme ­Malay elements of the ruling United Malays National Organisation, has joined its opposition targets to claim “hidden hands” are trying to kill of the investigation. With 6 officers hauled in by police in the past week, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission investigations into the 1MDB affair swirling around Mr Najib have been “somewhat jeopardised”, deputy chief commissioner Mustafa Ali conceded. The investigation into alleged leaks from MACC to Mr Najib’s critics has been authorised by police chief Khalid Abu Bakar. But Perkasas integrity bureau secretary Azrul Akmal Sharudin has accused “enemies of the state … trying to suppress the truth through threats and intimidation of MACC officers”.

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