Chong admits there’re missteps in Latheefa Koya’s appointment

Chong Chieng Jen

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KUCHING, June 7: Some procedures may have been overlooked or omitted in the appointment of Latheefa Koya as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief, admitted Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

Usually, he said, the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) would be there to oversee the appointment of important positions in government agencies and government-linked companies (GLCs), but in the appointment of Latheefa, the procedure might have been overlooked.

“We hope it will not be repeated,” he told reporters this morning when asked to comment on Latheefa’s appointment as MACC chief by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Latheefa’s appointment had drawn flaks from both the Opposition and PH members for not consulting PSC first.

Chong admitted that the appointment procedure might not be right, but there was nothing wrong with Latheefa’s track record to fight for a fairer system and cleaner governance.

“As such, we hope with the appointment the new MACC chief, she will initiate the investigation on some of the politicians in Sarawak who have obviously assets beyond their income, salaries as ministers and assistant ministers who have been living beyond their means of their declared income,” said Chong. — DayakDaily