Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged Pakatan Harapan to accept Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s decision to appoint Latheefa Koya as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief.
Noting that Dr Mahathir’s decision had received various reactions from within the coalition as well as NGOs, the PKR president said that continuous polemic would have a “negative impact” on the Pakatan government.
The PKR president also urged the public to give Latheefa, formerly from his party, the space to do her task.
“I am confident that Dr Mahathir and the Pakatan leadership will conscientiously evaluate all views and subsequently explain to the Cabinet and Pakatan presidential council.
“Therefore, I urge all partners to accept Dr Mahathir’s decision and give space to Latheefa and the MACC to do their duties in a stern and effective manner,” Anwar said in a statement on Monday (June 10).
He also said that MACC must act on all cases of corruption whether it involved the old government or the new, saying that everyone – including Pakatan, NGOs and the rakyat – would be watching the “progress and effectiveness” of the Commission.
Anwar’s comments came after PKR lawmakers, including Wangsa Maju MP Tan Yee Kew and Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, called for Latheefa’s resignation.
Latheefa’s appointment was controversial as Mahathir had unilaterally appointed the former PKR member.
However, others have argued that Latheefa’s no-nonsense character makes her suited for her job.
Last Thursday, Anwar had said Mahathir should explain Latheefa’s appointment.
He said while Latheefa had the necessary qualification, it did not fulfil Harapan’s promise for checks and balances on major public appointments.