Newly-appointed MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya says that she resigned from PKR with immediate effect yesterday.
"Thanks for the advice. But I have already sent in my resignation with immediate effect as an ordinary member of PKR yesterday, upon being told of my impending appointment as MACC chief," she said in a tweet today.
Latheefa was responding to PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil, who had said she should emulate Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and quit the party to avoid the perception of partisanship.
Following the announcement of her appointment earlier today, politicians from both sides of the divide as well as activists questioned her ties to PKR, saying it would place the MACC's impartiality in doubt.
Previously, Latheefa was a member of the PKR political bureau as well as its legal bureau chief.
The Prime Minister's Office announced earlier today that Latheefa is the new MACC chief commissioner replacing Mohd Shukri Abdull.
Shukri had stepped down prior to the expiration of his contract on May 17, 2020.
Latheefa, the former executive director of Lawyers for Liberty, is on a two-year contract with the MACC effective June 1, 2019.
Shukri returned to the MACC as its new chief in May last year following the installation of the new Pakatan Harapan government.