Nik Nazmi: This issue is bigger than Latheefa Koya

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  • Monday, 10 Jun 2019

PETALING JAYA: Another PKR lawmaker has backed an online petition, demanding that Latheefa Koya resign as the newly-appointed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner.

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said Pakatan Harapan had given its commitment that the appointment would be handled by a Parliamentary Select Committee.

“Let us sign this petition, so that this commitment can be fulfilled.

“This issue is bigger than Latheefa Koya. This is about the reforms that we have promised the people,” said the Setiawangsa MP, who is also PKR organising secretary, on several of his social media channels.

The anti-Latheefa petition garnered over 6,250 signatories at 6pm yesterday – about 1,300 short of its goal of 7,500.

Earlier, Wangsa Maju MP Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew, who is PKR treasurer-general, also objected, saying that Latheefa’s appointment had “clearly deviated” from Pakatan’s core principles and spirit of institutional reforms.

In another online petition, many expressed their support for the lawyer-activist to lead the MACC.

As of 6pm yesterday, more than 13,130 people had signed the petition, which aimed to get 15,000 signatories.

Latheefa’s appointment, announced on June 4, came as a surprise.

She replaced Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, who quit before his tenure was to have ended in 2020.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said it was his personal decision to appoint Latheefa to the post, and that he did not consult the Cabinet on the matter.

However, Dr Mahathir added that he had “listened to many people” before making his decision.

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