by ASILA JALIL / pic by TMR FILE PIX
DATUK Seri Mohd Zuki Ali had been appointed as the new chief secretary to the government effective Jan 1, 2020. His appointment replaces Tan Sri Dr Ismail Bakar who was on leave before his compulsory retirement.
Mohd Zuki, 58, graduated with a Masters degree in business management from Nanyang University, Singapore. His 28 years’ experience includes serving in the Finance, Education, Home and Natural Resources and Environment Ministries.
He also worked with Istana Negara, the Prime Minister’s Department and was the Sarawak Federal secretary, before being promoted as the Defence Ministry’s secretary-general in April last year.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has appointed Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya as the new director of the investigation division effective Dec 24, 2019.
Ahmad Khusairi first joined MACC as an investigation officer in 1992. Prior to his latest appointment, Ahmad Khusairi was the director of the intelligence division. His other roles with the commission include director of the policy, planning and research division and Kuala Lumpur MACC state office chief.
In a statement, MACC said Ahmad Khusairi took over from Datuk Seri Simi Abdul Ghani who retired on the same day.
Simi had served the commission for 36 years where he began his career with the anti-graft body, which was then known as AntiCorruption Agency (BPR), as an investigation officer in 1983. He was then appointed as Sarawak BPR director in 2004 before becoming Pahang BPR director in 2006.
During his tenure with MACC, Simi also held the post of Johor BPR director in 2008 and Selangor MACC director in 2014. He returned to Johor as MACC director in March 2018.
Replacing Ahmad Khusairi as the new director of intelligence is Datuk Abd Aziz Aban, which came into effect on the same date.
Abd Aziz was previously the director of inspection and consultation division. He had also served as MACC state director in Putrajaya, Kelantan and Penang.
In his previous position, Ahmad Khusairi had spoken about how bilateral cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand can assist in curbing corruption.
Bilateral cooperation between MACC and Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission involving borders allows both countries to exchange information and examine cross-border corruption.
Ahmad Khusairi said corruption that occurs at the border of both countries surrounding smuggling activities is being investigated.
He added that the commission will take strict action against both locals and individuals from neighbouring countries who are involved in corruption that takes place at the border.