Abu Kassim (left) newly sworn in as MACC chief replacing Abu Said on the right.

Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed was today sworn in as chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Terengganu here.

Present were his predecessor, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

Abu Kassim, 49, holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the Michigan State University, United States.

He has wide experience in corruption prevention, having joined the then Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) as an investigating officer on Sept 1, 1984.

He had served as its director of policy planning and coordination, Perak and Penang ACA director and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy director, and on secondment as chief integrity officer of Amanah Raya Berhad.

Prior to his appointment as MACC chief commissioner, effective Jan 1, he was the agency’s deputy chief commissioner.

Ahmad Said opted to retire on Dec 31 last year, five months before the expiry of his contract on May 25. — Bernama