Parliamentary committee: Meeting with Dr M needed to properly define our role


PETALING JAYA: Despite Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declaring that his decision on the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief as final, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Major Public Appointments still wants to meet the Prime Minister over the matter.

Committee chairman William Leong (pic) said this was because the issue concerns one of Pakatan Harapan's promises in its election manifesto.

Leong said they would call for a meeting with Dr Mahathir to determine the committee's functions, especially after a few major appointments – including the appointment of Latheefa as MACC chief, were made without their input.

Leong said he would send a letter to meet with Dr Mahathir "first thing tomorrow morning".

"We are also planning to hold a (internal) meeting by Thursday or Friday to discuss the (planned) meeting with the Prime Minister as well as Latheefa's appointment," he said on Sunday (June 9).

As part of its pledge to restore the dignity of Parliament, Pakatan in its GE14 manifesto had said that key national positions such as appointments to the Human Rights Commission, Election Commission, MACC and Judicial Appointment Commissions must be approved by a suitable parliamentary committee.

"We need to determine how we can go forward guided by the manifesto," Leong said.

He was earlier quoted as saying that the committee was "unaware of Latheefa's appointment" and "in the dark over the appointments of the Chief Justice and Inspector-General of Police".

On June 5, Dr Mahathir clarified that the decision to appoint Latheefa was one he had made alone without discussing it with the Cabinet.

However, he said he had "listened to many people" before making his decision.

He reiterated that his decision to appoint Latheefa was final when attending a Hari Raya open house hosted by Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir at Seri Mentaloon in Alor Setar on Saturday (June 8).

"The appointment is final and the decision has already been made," he said, adding that he had appointed many officials before and Latheefa was among them.

Latheefa takes over from Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull as MACC head after the latter opted to shorten his contract before it ends in May 2020.

She quit PKR as an ordinary member on June 3 before her appointment was announced the next day.

Latheefa's tenure as MACC head took effect on June 1.

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