Amend MACC Act on appointment of chief, says Nga

Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming.

TELUK INTAN: Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming has proposed that Section 5(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC) 2009 be amended to improve the procedure for the appointment of the MACC chief.

Suggesting that the amendment be carried out at the next Dewan Rakyat meeting, Nga said the section gave the power to the prime minister to appoint any individual to head the enforcement body.

‘’The amendment must include a clause so that before an appointment is made, the individual must be referred first to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Major Public Appointments.

‘’As such, in the appointment process in future, the name of the individual proposed by the prime minister will be handed to the PSC for background scrutiny, then the prime minister will make a final evaluation before it is submitted to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for appointment,’’ he said.

Nga, who is also Teluk Intan MP, was speaking to reporters after launching the 21st AGM of the Hilir Perak branch of the Union of Administrative Assistants (Education) Peninsular Malaysia at the Hilir Perak District Education Office here today.

On June 4, the Prime Minister’s Office, via a statement, announced the appointment of lawyer Latheefa Koya as MACC chief effective June 1.

Latheefa took over from Mohd Shukri Abdull, who requested to shorten his service contract expiring on May 17 next year.