Ahmad Said (left) decided to shorten contract to allow his deputy Abu Kassim (right) to succeed him beginning Jan 1.

Ahmad Said (left) decided to shorten contract to allow his deputy Abu Kassim (right) to succeed him beginning Jan 1.

Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed has been appointed as the new Chief Commissioner of the agency beginning Jan 1, succeeding Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan, on Friday.

Sidek said Ahmad Said, 57, had submitted a written notice to have his contract of service as Chief Commissioner shortened from May 25, 2010 to Dec 31.

As such, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had consented to the appointment of Abu Kassim, 48, as the new Chief Commissioner as provided for under Sub-section 5(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, said Sidek in a statement.

Abu Kassim has a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the Michigan State University, United States.

Abu Kassim, who was born in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 5, 1960, joined the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) on Sept 1, 1984 as an investigation officer.

He had served as Director of Planning and Policy Coordinator at the ACA Headquarters, ACA Director for Perak and Penang, Director of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy and was seconded to Amanah Raya Berhad as its Head of Integrity.

Abu Kassim was appointed Deputy Director-General (Operations) of the ACA on Jan 1, 2001, and with the enforcement of the new Act on Jan 1, 2009, he was appointed Deputy Chief Commissioner of MACC.

Sidek said the government thanked Ahmad Said for his contribution as MACC Chief Commissioner since May 14, 2007.

— BERNAMA