PM should clarify appointment of new MACC chief

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By John Isaac

Just like many other Malaysians are left wondering, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad needs to clarify the appointment of Latheefa Beebi Koya as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner at the proper forums.

Many were caught off-guard when the appointment was announced and Anwar said that even he only knew about it from the announcement.

Matters that needed clarification included why the Cabinet was not informed, and that the appointment was allegedly not in line with the MACC Act and also violated the Pakatan Harapan election manifesto.

Of course, clarification is required as this is what we promised, but we should only use proper forums such as in the Cabinet or the Pakatan leadership council if we want to raise and seek proper clarification.

"The manifesto was not complied with and it is seen as a political appointment... I find it necessary to explain to the public on the issue on why the manifesto was not fully observed and respected although I think Latheefa has the necessary credentials for the position," he told reporters.

According to reports, Anwar, who is Port Dickson MP, said he had agreed to give the prime minister time and space to clarify the appointment at the proper platforms.

"Nonetheless, our duty is to ensure the effectiveness in the administration of the government as we have been given the commitment to support the government administration under the leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir.

"We will ensure MACC remains independent and those given the task be seen as very professional and not be dragged down by political and factional affiliations. This concern has been expressed," he said.

Anwar also said Latheefa’s resignation as a PKR member had been accepted by the party and it should not become an issue.

Latheefa was appointed as the MACC Chief Commissioner effective June 1, replacing Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, who decided to shorten his service contract.