Latheefa: I Will Not Be Intimidated

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Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya has vowed to continue with her duties, despite what she alleged was a “criminal plot” to slander her and tarnish her reputation.

Latheefa said she intended to send a clear message to the detractors behind the plot that she does not feel intimidated and will continue executing her duties as head of the MACC.

“The public has placed its trust in the commission to clean up the country of the scourge of corruption. I intend to carry out this duty despite the personal attacks and threats against me now or in future.” she said.

According to Latheefa, a report was lodged today on the plot against her, and it was up to the police to investigate.

“I do not want to comment much (on the plot to damage my reputation).

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“Like I have said, it will not stop us from continuing with our work,” she said, when asked if the public release of phone conversations of former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak and top officials involved in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal would impact her or her work in any way.

Latheefa also refused to comment on the details of the criminal plot and how she and MACC learned about it.

She said MACC special officer (legal) Sasha Lyna Abdul Latif had given the information to the police.

“Her statement has been recorded, so we leave it to the police to sort it out. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal it right now.”

Latheefa neither confirmed nor denied if the criminal plot was related to a photo that was circulated through WhatsApp messaging services as reported by an online portal today.

“The issue is not about the photo per se. It’s information of a plot to tarnish my reputation. It’s a serious plot and we have given the information to the police.”

Latheefa said that the allegations started when she revealed the audio recordings on Jan 8.

Sources said the accusation in question was shared among lawyers on Friday via WhatsApp, with a picture of Latheefa attached.

The nature of the photograph is yet to be known.

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“The picture was sent to Latheefa and MACC officers by other lawyers. (The culprits) have the intention of tarnishing Latheefa’s image,” said Sasha.

Following the release of nine audio recordings of the phone conversations, it was reported that Najib would initiate contempt proceedings against the MACC and Latheefa.

Commenting on this, Latheefa said: “I will wait for the papers (civil suit). They have to serve to me. I’m not sure how it’s done.”

The police report cited that several individuals were found to be involved in the criminal plot using social media platforms to spread allegations after a press conference by the MACC.

Sasha, however, did not name the individuals allegedly involved, who were believed to be lawyers.

She said the criminal plot was done by spreading numerous allegations through social media with the intentions to smear the integrity and dignity of MACC and Latheefa.

“I have presented all information and evidence that we have to the police, including the identity of the persons involved and masterminded the plot.

“We believe this is also a form of intimidation against MACC chief commissioner (Latheefa) after what she did at the press conference,” she said.