PKR man ticks off Latheefa for being unprofessional

PKR vice-president Chang Lih Kang criticised MACC chief Latheefa Koya for her comments about politicians.

PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Chang Lih Kang has accused Latheefa Koya, head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), of being unprofessional in political comments she made yesterday.

In a statement today, Chang said Latheefa had failed to display adequate professionalism when speaking at a regional law conference yesterday, at which she had criticised many politicians for failing to grasp the spirit of fairness and accountability in the constitution.

Latheefa had said that politicians need to focus on reforms rather than just giving fancy speeches and proposals, and that they need a thorough understanding of freedom of expression and judicial independence.

Chang said Latheefa (formerly a PKR central committee member) “is now a civil servant, who should be principled enough not to take sides or cast doubt on any politician or party”.

He said remarks such as Latheefa’s would arouse suspicion among the citizens and create a lack of confidence about her professionalism as a civil servant “given an important role in rebuilding the rakyat’s trust in the country’s legal system and constitution.”

All political leaders and civil servants should take responsibility for reinstating public confidence in the spirit of New Malaysia, Chang added.

“This cannot be done if those who are entrusted with these responsibilities do not show the level of professionalism and efforts needed to achieve the New Malaysia spirit.”

Chang also urged Latheefa to focus on her job and perform her duties the best she can.