KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA has questioned whether the ratification process over Latheefa Koya's appointment as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner was done in-line with Pakatan Harapan's promises to the people.
Its president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who had raised the issue in Parliament earlier Monday (July 1), said he was disappointed that his questions were not answered and that he was further accused of being obsessed with Pakatan's election manifesto.
“He (Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Hanipa Maidin) seems to be saying that I am obsessed with Pakatan's promises when raising their 14 promises in the Buku Harapan.
"It is not a question of my interest in the Buku Harapan or not.
"As an Opposition MP, I am responsible for monitoring the government administration, as this is what check-and-balance is all about," he said in a Facebook post Monday (July 1).
On June 4, the government announced that Latheefa had been appointed as MACC chief commissioner for two years, replacing Mohd Shukri Abdull, who resigned ahead of his May 17, 2020 contract.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said, on June 5, that it was his decision to make the appointment after several ministers said they were in the dark over the matter.
In raising the issue, Dr Wee, who is Ayer Hitam MP, had argued that Latheefa’s appointment was against Pakatan’s manifesto promising to “reform MACC and empower anti-corruption efforts".
“Hanipa mentioned that the government is confident that all the actions and decisions made by the MACC chief are based on merit, and not on the direction of any party. This statement is extremely weak and lacks solid details.
“In fact, my question whether the ratification process (on the appointment) will be done by the Parliamentary Select Committee to confirm Latheefa's appointment was not answered,” he said, adding that all his five questions were not answered.
Dr Wee also pointed out that Pakatan should not have made such an election promise if they were aware of the constraints that the appointment of the chief commissioner was on the advice of the Prime Minister to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Questioning Pakatan’s rallying call for integrity and transparency, Dr Wee said the government should limit the Prime Minister’s power in appointing key positions in all independent and statutory bodies, including those of political appointees in government agencies and government-linked companies.
“Otherwise, the government’s call for separation of (executive-legislative) powers and returning the power of appointment of key positions back to Parliament is just talk,” he added.