Latheefa quits MACC

A file photo of Latheefa paying a courtesy visit on Sarawak chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

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KUCHING, March 6: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya has resigned from her post.

She submitted her resignation letter to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin on March 2.

In a press statement, Latheefa said her resignation was not due to pressure but her intention to return to her practice as a human rights advocate.

She added that she has briefed Muhyiddin on MACC’s ongoing actions and efforts for the recovery of the stolen 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) monies from overseas.

She also said that she has briefed her deputy Datuk Seri Azam Baki, as well as MACC department heads, to ensure a smooth handing over of duties.

“I believe it is business as usual for MACC and trust the capable officers in the department to handle the duties well.

“I am leaving my position as the chief commissioner of MACC with the full confidence that MACC will continue in its fight against corruption, irrespective of the position or political allegiance of the perpetrators,” Latheefa said.

She thanked former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, her colleagues in MACC and the people for the support she has received during her tenure as the chief commissioner of MACC.

Latheefa, a co-founder of the human rights and law reform non-governmental organisation Lawyers for Liberty, assumed her role as MACC chief on June 1, last year, taking over from Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abduli.

At the time, many viewed her entry into MACC as a political appointment considering that she was a former PKR central leadership council member and that Pakatan Harapan had taken over government from Barisan Nasional in the 14th general election in May 2018. — DayakDaily