Mat Sabu confident PM will reconsider Latheefa’s position if she doesn’t perform

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.

PETALING JAYA: Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu expressed confidence that the prime minister will reconsider Latheefa Koya’s appointment as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner if she doesn’t walk the talk.

“I am also very confident that the prime minister will listen to the criticism on his decision (to appoint Latheefa) and will judge Latheefa’s performance from time to time,” he said in a statement.

The Amanah president said if Latheefa’s performance does not fulfil critics’ expectations, he was confident the prime minister will review the decision.

Latheefa will serve as MACC chief for two years beginning June 1. She replaced Mohd Shukri Abdull whose contract was allowed to expire ahead of its deadline on May 17, 2020.

The unilateral decision by the prime minister to appoint Latheefa, who is a former PKR member, has been criticised by both sides of the political divide.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said he made the decision on his own before the announcement was made on Tuesday.

He said this was in line with provisions in the MACC Act 2009, which states that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall appoint the MACC head on the advice of the prime minister.

Cabinet members had said they were not consulted.

Critics had said Pakatan Harapan had failed to adhere to its election promise to ensure checks and balances and the transparency of such appointments through the Parliamentary Select Committee on Public Appointments.

Latheefa, in her first message as MACC chief earlier today, vowed to put an end to corruption in the country.

She also did not shy away from addressing the controversy over her appointment, saying everyone is entitled to question, criticise or express their opinion but, ultimately, her job is clear.

“It is to go after corruption anywhere and everywhere it is found.”

She said she would be looking at long-term measures to encourage a culture with zero tolerance for corruption, including through education.