MACC head Azam Baki calls activist Lalitha ‘untrustworthy’ in defense statemen

Tan Sri Azam Baki, the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), has branded Lalitha Kunaratnam, a senior researcher at the Centre for Combating Cronyism and Corruption (C4), as untrustworthy and not the investigative journalist she pretends to be.

In his response to Lalitha’s statement of defense in his defamation complaint, submitted via Messrs Ibrahim & Fuaadah, Azam, 59, also cast doubt on her assertions that she (Lalitha) had an excellent working rapport with him and MACC members of staff.

Azam denied this, saying that if this was true, Lalitha should have been able to get confirmation from him before posting defamatory articles and tweets.

“Instead, the defendant (Lalitha) wrote, published, and republished the articles and tweets without first seeking my approval or input.”

He asserted that the defense statement plainly seeks to deceive the court by suggesting that she had a strong working connection with him and his employees while the MACC and that he never had any personal interaction with her.

According to Azam, the defendant also failed to furnish the contact information for her supposed informant.




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