Orange shirt vs meeting suit: Rais tells MACC to address double standards

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Orange shirt vs meeting suit: Rais tells MACC to address double standards
Orange shirt vs meeting suit: Rais tells MACC to address double standards

Special Committee on Corruption chairperson Rais Yatim wants the MACC to address its apparent double standards when it dresses up an accused in MACC's bright orange detention T-shirts.

Rais said this was among the issues discussed by the Special Committee on Corruption, which is one of five panels providing oversight on the MACC.

"Every time an individual is brought to court to be charged, they must be given the same treatment.

"At present, there are those who are arrested and brought to court in orange, but there are cases where they do not (wear orange).

"There are some who even turn up in a coat and necktie as if they are going for a meeting.

"We are of the opinion that if the orange shirt is to be used for whatever reason, then it should apply to all. There should be no selectiveness," Rais told a press conference at Parliament.

Special Committee on Corruption chairperson Rais Yatim
Special Committee on Corruption chairperson Rais Yatim

Also present were other Special Committee on Corruption members Senator Zaiedi Suhaili, PKR's Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim and DAP's Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai.

The MACC under then chief commissioner Latheefa Koya had in 2019 announced that it would stop dressing suspects in orange after complaints that high-profile individuals were exempted from what is perceived as a humiliation.

However, the practice resumed under chief commissioner Azam Baki.

Azam had said the practice was necessary to differentiate between the people detained by the MACC and those detained by other enforcement agencies.

"Recently, the MACC made arrests of up to seven people. Imagine, if they did not wear orange clothes we would not be able to identify them as MACC accused, especially if there was a remand of an accused by the police simultaneously," Azam had said.

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