PETALING JAYA: While Latheefa Koya’s appointment as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief is already a “done deal”, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Major Public Appointments (PSC) can still call her to appear before it, says Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.
“The committee, if it wants to, can call Latheefa for an appointment or briefing as it is within its powers to do so.
“However, it cannot disagree with the appointment as it is a done deal,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby after attending a briefing by Parliamentarians for Global Action on the protection of the oceans here yesterday.
Mohamad Ariff said he would not be involved in PSC and it was up to the committee to set the agenda for its coming meeting.
He was asked to comment on PSC chairman William Leong’s statement earlier yesterday that the committee would convene a meeting to discuss Latheefa’s appointment tomorrow.
Leong acknowledged that PSC had no power to appoint or reject a candidate but merely served as a check and balance to ensure appointments to key government posts were merit-based.
The bipartisan PSC previously evaluated and discussed the recent appointments of the Chief Justice and Inspector-General of Police.
Asked if there should be amendments to the Federal Constitution or the MACC Act to give PSC more powers to decide on appointments, Mohamad Ariff said it was not necessary.
“Under the MACC law, it is clear that the power to appoint the commissioner lies with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong upon the Prime Minister’s advice.
“There is no need to raise issues of amending this and that. That is the law and we have to work within the law,” he added.
Mohamad Ariff also noted that the MACC law had checks and balances to oversee the commission in the form of two special committees whose members include MPs and senators.
Latheefa’s surprise appointment to replace Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull ignited a raft of reactions from many parties, including those questioning the manner of her appointment.