By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, June 7: Malaysian voters will have to reassess the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government due to its broken promises and U-turns, with the latest being the appointment of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya without going through the Parliamentary Select Committee as promised.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, in stating this, said due to the latest turn of event, PH leaders would have to decide among themselves whether Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s MACC appointment decision was in line with their political reformation agenda.
“It’s PH’s internal matters but with devastating effects on their credibility should they deviate from their promises. Malaysian voters will have to reassess PH credibility as the administrator of this country comes the 15th general election (GE15),” Masing said in a statement today.
Masing, however, admitted that the appointment of Latheefa as the nation’s top anti-graft chief by the prime minister was legally correct.
“The prime minister has the legal right to appoint Lattheefa. It’s within his right. The question is whether he has the sole power in doing it. GE14’s manifesto, among other things, is to let Parliament and its Select Committee decide who should head government agencies such as MACC.
“Tun Dr Mahathir, it seems, is returning back to his old dictatorial ways!” said Masing.
The appointment of Latheefa as the first woman to lead the country’s anti-graft agency from Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull effective June 1 has received fierce criticisms from both PH and opposition leaders. — DayakDaily