Latheefa’s appointment final, no U-turn, says Dr M

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he is not going to retract Latheefa Koya’s appointment as new MACC chief.

ALOR SETAR: The decision on the appointment of Latheefa Koya as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief is final, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

The prime minister said the appointment was made just as he had done for other senior officers.

“There is no problem. I appoint a lot of people. This (Latheefa’s appointment) is just one of them, that’s all. It is already decided; it’s final.

“Obviously, I am not going to retract it, then they will say I am making a U-turn,” he said when met at the Aidifiltri open house hosted by Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir and his wife, Norzieta Zakaria, at their official residence, Seri Mentaloon, here.

Mahathir, accompanied by his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, was asked to comment on media reports that PKR president Anwar Ibrahim was of the opinion that the prime minister should clarify Latheefa’s appointment as the new MACC chief.

Mahathir said his relationship with Anwar was still good and that there were no problems between them.

He said Anwar had the right to seek clarification on Latheefa’s appointment.

“He has the right to ask, I have the right to reply,” he said.