MCA chief slams non-answers on Latheefa’s appointment

Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam) posed five questions to the government in the Dewan Rakyat’s special chamber.

PETALING JAYA: A deputy minister has come under fire from MCA president Wee Ka Siong for avoiding his questions in the Dewan Rakyat about the appointment of Latheefa Koya as head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Wee said this evening that he was disappointed at the lack of answers to his questions, raised in the Special Chamber of the Dewan Rakyat.

The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Hanipa Maidin, who has responded to the questions, had given a statement that was “extremely weak and lacks solid details”, Wee said.

Wee had asked whether the ratification process for Latheefa’s appointment was in line with Pakatan Harapan’s election promises.

” Hanipa seems to be saying that I am obsessed with Pakatan’s promises. It is not a question of my interest in the Buku Harapan or not. As an Opposition MP, I am responsible for monitoring the government administration, as this is what check-and-balance is all about,” he said in an online posting today.

Last month Latheefa was appointed as MACC chief commissioner for two years, succeeding Mohd Shukri Abdull, who resigned a year before the end of his contract. The appointment raised cricitism for being made directly by the prime minister without being referrred to a parliamentary committee.

Wee, who is MP for Ayer Hitam, said Hanipa had not answered a question whether the appointment would be ratified by the Parliamentary Select Committee. All five questions he raised were not answered, Wee said.

Wee said the government should limit the Prime Minister’s power in appointing key positions in all independent and statutory bodies, including those of political appointees in government agencies and government-linked companies.