We call on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate T. Ananda Krishnan, Ralph Marshall, the majority shareholder and directors of Maxis Communication Berhad (“MCB”), Astro and other Malaysian entities relating to the investigation by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation relating to the ownership change in Aircel on charges of criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act.
It is reported in the Indian newspapers and the local newspapers that the Indian authorities have filed a first information report against these persons and personalities in India relating to possible charges of conspiracy, abuse of power and bribery.
Sections 16 and 17 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 provide that the giving of gratification to any person or to an agent are offences. Section 66 of the Act provides that the MACC and the Malaysian Courts have jurisdiction to prosecute and convict Malaysian citizens and permanent residents who commit bribery and corruption in foreign countries.
It is imperative that the Malaysian authorities take action and to prosecute Malaysian citizens and permanent residents who have committed bribery and corruption offences in foreign countries to maintain the credibility and reputation of Malaysian businessmen and the Malaysian government.
William Leong Jee Keen & Sivarasa Rasiah
11 October 2011