Siti Kasim: Malaysian Bar president should not make political statements

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  • Thursday, 06 Jun 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar should not be making political statements regarding Latheefa Koya’s appointment as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief, says activist lawyer, Siti Kasim. 

She said Malaysian Bar president Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor should not be making personal political statements on behalf of its members. 

“I question the wisdom of our President in making this political statement. The Bar only issues statements when it concerns the law. 

“This is unethical and shouldn’t be the Malaysian Bar’s stand. The President can state his own personal opinion, but not on behalf of its members," she wrote on Facebook on Thursday (June 6). 

She added that the Bar Council should not interfere in politics, and that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) need not be consulted on Latheefa’s appointment.   

“Not consulting the PSC is not against the law. Many posts in current government or before were held by inexperienced people. The Prime Minister has the power to appoint who he deems fit,” she said. 

Abdul Fareed had earlier issued a statement, stating that the Malaysian Bar is concerned with the manner in which Latheefa was appointed. 

He said there is no justification the PSC was not consulted to review the selection of new MACC chief.

“An obvious oversight of this nature does not reflect well on the resolve of the government in practising transparency, accountability, integrity and good governance, which are attributes that it has been championing vociferously.

“The government cannot continue to say that the manifesto is not binding, as the pledges in the manifesto had been made in order to convince the rakyat to vote it into power,” he said in a statement on Thursday (June 6).

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