SHAH ALAM: Lawyer Latheefa Koya must be given the chance to prove her mettle as Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner, said the government’s top anti-corruption adviser Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
Abu Kassim, the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) director-general, said the centre supports Latheefa’s appointment.
While many have criticised the appointment of the former PKR leader known for her tenacious nature, Abu Kassim said people should look at her capabilities instead of focusing on her past.
“I believe this all boils down to a person’s ability to act independently. It is not about asal-usul (where one is from).
“If that person is assertive, neutral, professional and is able to decide without fear or favour, then he or she should be supported.
“As far as Latheefa is concerned, I believe she should be given a chance,” he said.
Abu Kassim was speaking at the Bicara Minda forum hosted by Sinar Harian, which was also moderated by veteran journalist Tan Sri Johan Jaffar.
Abu Kassim also allayed any fears that Latheefa may be influenced by her past allegiance to PKR in making decisions.
“Just because someone was a staunch party member does not mean they will always act in favour of that party,” he said, citing an example of United States President Donald Trump sacking his own Attorney-General, who was said to be a staunch Republican, for acting against him.
He also addressed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s unilateral decision of appointing Latheefa, saying the premier has no choice but to use the existing process, especially when former MACC chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull decided to leave before his term ends in May 2020.