PSC calls up Latheefa


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya (pic) will appear before Parliament’s Special Select Committee (PSC) on Major Public Appointments said its chairman William Leong.

“We have asked Latheefa to address three issues on Thursday (June 20) at 2.30pm,” he said.

“The PSC wants to know how the new MACC chief is going to deal with the fact that she was once an active poli­tician.

“She has no experience in investigating corruption cases, and we want to know how she will deal with this.”

PSC also wants Latheefa to brief them on her vision and mission to fight corruption.

Leong said PSC was not questioning Latheefa’s appointment but was focusing on her function and responsibilities as the new MACC chief.

“We are not questioning the validity of her appointment as that comes under the power of the Prime Minister,” he said.

On Tuesday, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said although Latheefa’s appointment was valid and a ‘done deal’, the PSC still had a right to call her.

The announcement of Latheefa’s appointment on June 4 came as a surprise to many. She replaced Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, who quit before his tenure ended in 2020.

Upon her appointment, she resigned as PKR member and also from her position as executive director of Lawyers for Liberty.

Dr Mahathir said it was his personal decision to appoint Latheefa to as the new MACC chief, and that he did not consult the Cabinet on the matter.On Saturday, Dr Mahathir said his decision to appoint Latheefa was final following questions raised by some quarters over the manner of her appointment.

On Wednesday, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir was prepared to meet the PSC with regard to Latheefa’s appointment.