Gerakan to Latheefa: Reopen LGE probe, and two other things you need to do

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  • Thursday, 06 Jun 2019

Latheefa Koya. -The Star filepic

PETALING JAYA: Gerakan wants newly minted Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya to reopen several high profile cases, including Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s bungalow case.

Party president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau said this should be among the KPIs (key performance indicators) for her first 100 days in office.

“Attorney General Tommy Thomas suddenly announced the withdrawal of the case,” he said, referring to the Lim case.

“The MACC chief at the time was also surprised by the decision.

“Latheefa should re-investigate the case to rebuild the image of the MACC,” he said.

Lau added that the two other investigations she should look into were the Teoh Beng Hock case and an apartment scandal in Johor allegedly involving two PKR Johor executive councillors.

On Sept 3 last year, Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were acquitted of corruption charges by the Penang High Court after the prosecution withdrew the case against them.

The joint trial of Lim, who is former Penang chief minister, and Phang, was in connection to the conversion of land from agriculture to residential status, and the purchase of a plot of land and a bungalow at below market value.

As for the apartment scandal, Lau said that Johor Gerakan leaders reported the issue to the Johor MACC, but claimed that the state arm of the graftbuster refused to accept the report.

“Latheefa must immediately instruct the MACC to accept any report from the public,” he said in a statement Thursday (June 6).

As for the other case, Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16, 2009 on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, after giving a statement at the Selangor MACC office.

Teoh, who was an aide to then Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, had apparently fallen to his death after he was taken in for questioning over a corruption probe.

Lau said that Gerakan was in no hurry to criticise Latheefa's appointment as she should be give time to prove her mettle.

“I congratulate Latheefa as the first female chief commissioner since its establishment 52 years ago.

“Although this appointment has clearly violated the Pakatan Harapan manifesto, since it has become a reality, we hope that Latheefa can complete these KPIs set by Gerakan to prove that she is brave and does not speak empty words in helping Malaysia against corruption.

“I believe that if Latheefa can achieve the above three KPIs, she can smash the criticism that she is a political appointment, and also prove that she is competent,” he added.

Questions were raised over Latheefa's sudden appointment as MACC chief commissioner on Tuesday (June 4), replacing Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull.

While there was support for Latheefa, several parties questioned the manner in which she was appointed as well as her impartiality.

On Wednesday (June 5), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he decided on Latheefa's appointment without consulting his Cabinet.

He defended his decision, saying that Latheefa was apt for the job as she was a truthful and straight talking person who didn’t mince her words.

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