‘Don’t bow down to anyone’

PETALING JAYA: Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull has given his blessing to Latheefa Koya as his successor and a word of advice too: Don’t bow down to anyone and you will succeed in MACC.The veteran graft buster who served the MACC for 32 years offered three pieces of advice to the lawyer-turned-graft fighter at a press conference yesterday.

“One, do the right thing. But that is not enough, it must be done in the right way.

“Two, be independent and impartial. Do not side with any parties; this is very important.

“And lastly, lead without fear or favour. Do not be afraid of pressure, don’t be lazy and fearful of being ousted. Don’t bow down to anyone.

“With this, I believe she will be a good leader.”

Shukri added that it was important for Latheefa to work closely with the MACC officers, and likewise for the officers to offer her guidance for her to succeed as the MACC chief.

Despite Latheefa, who is 46, being new and an outsider to the commission, he voiced his full support for her appointment.

The 59-year-old former head said he did not question Latheefa’s appointment and urged detractors to give her a chance.

“Stop membawang (gossiping) and give Latheefa Koya a chance.

“If we membawang about her appointment, it will be a waste of time.

“Let’s give her our support, let her do her work to the best of her ability,” he added.

Shukri said there was no issue with Latheefa being an outsider within the MACC as she will have experienced officers supporting her as they had supported him.

“Don’t worry (about Latheefa being from outside the MACC) because those who do the work are MACC officers.

“When I was the chief, my job was only to mobilise the officers to do the investigations.

“Things will go smoothly,” he said, adding that he has confidence in his officers.

Latheefa’s experience as a lawyer, he said, would be beneficial as she could combine corporate ideas with government initiatives.

“Whether she is independent or not, we will see.

“But give her a chance; I trust she will do the best for MACC and for our country,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced Latheefa’s appointment as the new MACC chief on June 4, taking many, including Cabinet ministers, by surprise.


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