The decision on the appointment of Latheefa Koya as the new MACC chief commissioner is final, said Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The prime minister said the appointment was made just as he had done for other senior officers.
"There is no problem, I appoint a lot of people, this (Latheefa’s appointment) is just one of them, that’s all... ( the decision to appoint Latheefa) if already decided, it’s final. Obviously I am not going to retract it, then they will say I am making a U-turn,” he said when met at an Aidifiltri open house hosted by Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir and his wife Norzieta Zakaria at the latter’s official residence Seri Mentaloon in Alor Setar today.
Mahathir was accompanied by his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Ali.
Mahathir said this when asked to comment on media reports that PKR president Anwar Ibrahim was of the opinion that the prime minister should clarify Latheefa’s appointment as the new MACC chief.
Meanwhile, Mahathir said his relationship with Anwar was still good and that there were no problems between them.
Anwar, he said, had the right to seek clarification on the appointment of the new MACC chief commissioner.
"He has the right to ask, I have the right to reply,” he said.