PETALING JAYA: The function of the Special Cabinet Committee On Anti-Corruption has been called into question after Latheefa Koya's appointment as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) said based on a media report in August 2018, the Cabinet committee had decided that the appointment of the MACC chief commissioner must go through a Parliamentary Select Committee for transparency.
"What has happened, instead, is the absolute decision of one person.
"The committee was not approached, and no Cabinet ministers were informed," he said in a statement on his Facebook page Saturday (June 8).
Dr Wee was referring to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's decision to appoint Latheefa to the position, which was previously held by Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull.
He also noted that not only was the committee ignored in this decision, but the move taken by Pakatan Harapan (PH) to form it was a waste of time and money.
"The cabinet ministers can be viewed as 'Yes Men' as the ministers are silent and abide by Dr Mahathir's decision," he said, asking if the PH presidential council acted merely as a "rubber stamp".
"I do remember (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng and (Amanah president) Mat Sabu had said before the 14th General Election, if PH takes over Putrajaya, Dr Mahathir would not be reign rampantly as PM, as all decisions have to get the blessings of all PH component parties.
"What happens now?" he asked, questioning the silence on the issue by both Lim and Mohamad Sabu.
Dr Wee ended the statement by noting that he recalled a popular English song by Frank Sinatra - My Way.
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