PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission can now interrogate witnesses beyond their office hours, the Court of Appeal ruled today.
The Court of Appeal made this ruling after hearing an MACC appeal over a High Court landmark ruling that its interrogation sessions must be conducted during office hours, from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Court of Appeal judges Hasan Lah, Ahmad Maarop and Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad heard submissions from senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh, for the MACC, and counsel Karpal Singh, for Kajang municipal councillor Tan Boon Wah.
The High Court ruling prevented the MACC from interrogating witnesses after office hours, contrary to its practice all this while.
Following the ruling, MACC investigation division director Shukri Abdull had on Nov 25 issued a directive to all MACC offices to confine the questioning of witnesses to the working hours of 8.30am to 5.30pm.
On Nov 19, High Court Judge Mohammad Ariff Md Yusof, in allowing a judicial review filed by Tan, ruled that Section 30(3)(a) of the MACC Act 2009 does not empower the MACC to investigate a witness "round-the-clock".