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Wait a minute, the recording can be missing from MACC office

All the 36 MACC offices will be equipped with the VIR rooms by year-end to the tune of RM140,000 to RM160,000 per room.

More than five millions for VIR systems where their recordings can be missing when are needed for murder investigations.

That is another Malaysia Boleh.

MACC Offices To Be Equipped With VIR By Year End

PUTRAJAYA, July 26 (Bernama) — All Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) offices nationwide will be equipped with Video Interview Rooms (VIR) by end of the year.

MACC Investigation Director Datuk Mustafar Ali said it would be carried out in stages with the first phase involving offices located in MACC-owned buildings.

So far, the VIR facility had been installed at the MACC Putrajaya office and also at the Perak office, he told a media conference here today.

He said the Putrajaya office had two VIRs, while the Perak office had four.

“The VIRs are equipped with closed-circuit television and audio to monitor and record witness statements and behavior as well as that of officers during interviews,” he added.

He said copies in the form of Digital Video Discs (DVDs) would be made of all recordings and would be given to the accused, investigating officer and prosecution in the respective cases to be kept for further investigation.

Mustafar said the setting up of the VIR, which cost RM140,000 each, was part of the efforts taken by MACC to prove that it was transparent.

With the setting up of the VIR, he said, officers would have to have the skill to operate the necessary equipment and that so far, 65 MACC officers had been sent for training.

In another development, Mustafar said there was no time frame set for the MACC’s special team to investigate the three MACC officers who were alleged to have breached procedures when handling the case of a political aide of a Selangor state executive councillor, Teoh Beng Hock.

“An internal inquiry is being conducted by the special team, which is headed by Deputy Chief Commissioner (Management and Professionalism) Datuk Zakaria Jaffar,” he added.

— BERNAMA

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