PUTRAJAYA: Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull said today the public should give a chance to Latheefa Koya to prove herself as the new head of the anti-graft body.
He said the debate on the way Latheefa was appointed and her then political affiliation with PKR should come to an end.
“Whoever is still disputing her appointment is wasting their time. Tun (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) wanted her to head MACC and it is within his powers to do so.
“Give her a chance and support her in carrying out her duties at MACC. I have no dispute with her,” he said at a press conference at a hotel here.
Shukri said Latheefa, who used to be a prominent human rights lawyer, may bring fresh ideas to MACC.
Latheefa, who was the former Lawyers for Liberty executive director, was appointed as chief commissioner on June 4, and will serve MACC for two years until 2021.
When asked about certain quarters who questioned Latheefa’s lack of experience in carrying out investigations, Shukri dismissed such worries.
“The MACC officers are well trained and can assist her in performing her duties.
“Besides that, as chief commissioner, one does not perform the operational tasks.
“I was not involved in the daily operations; I only mobilised the officers for their duties.”
Shukri also advised Latheefa to communicate well and work closely with her officers, who in return should guide her in performing her duties.
“I will tell her to do the right thing in the right way and to act without fear or favour.
“As chief commissioner, she must not bow to pressure,” he said, adding he believed Latheefa had the capability to lead MACC.
Shukri also spoke about claims that he helped in lifting former attorney-general Apandi Ali’s travel ban and that he abused government funds.
“The ban was lifted by the Immigration Department. What has that got to do with me?
“It is also baseless for some political parties to say I took bribes. I never pocketed a single sen from the government,” he said.
Shukri said as an anti-graft agency officer, he had always abided by the rule of law.
“I never covered up anything or closed any files.
“I investigated cases until the very end and submitted the investigation papers to the attorney-general (for further action),” he said.