Wan Zainuddin Wan Musa said the statement Shukri gave was prejudicial against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, as it took place on the same day that the former prime minister was having his statement recorded by the MACC.
“The statement shouldn’t be released openly because it will bring about the perception that there was political interference in the case before this,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (May 22).
Wan Zainuddin said that Shukri should have recorded his statement in the form of a statutory declaration or released it to the special taskforce set up to probe 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad).
He also said that Shukri could have lodged a police report regarding the matter.
“In the police report, reveal the names of the individuals who were said to have threatened him. Let the police conduct investigations,” said Wan Zainuddin.
Earlier on Tuesday (May 22), Shukri claimed at a press conference that he and his officers were accused of conspiring to topple the then-Barisan Nasional government in 2016.
In July 2016, Shukri left for Washington to bring up the 1MDB issue with US authorities, following the removal of former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and the retirement of Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed as MACC chief.
However, Shukri said he was followed by someone during his trip to the United States.
Fearing for his life, Shukri met up with a friend who worked in the New York Police Department (NYPD), where he was given three bodyguards for protection.
Shukri even broke down when he recalled running away to the USA from Malaysian authorities. Surely that should be enough teardrops for public sympathy. Kesian.
Looks like the demon-isation of Najib continues, coupled with Shukri's earlier very public threat to charge Najib under the MACC Act, 2009 if the former PM did not turned up at the agency's headquarters in Putrajaya today (Tuesday 22 May).
Was there really such a crude necessity to threaten a former PM, on top of the highly publicised police midnight raids and the cornucopia of handbags at Najib's house in the police 'show & tell'?