Pro-Latheefa Koya petitions pull ahead

Modified 9 Jun 2019, 9:05 am

Two petitions in support of Latheefa Koya as the new MACC chief commissioner have pulled well ahead of another seeking her resignation.

At the time of writing, the two petitions – one in English and another in Bahasa Malaysia – have amassed a total of 14,300 signatures at the time of writing.

The opposing petition – supported by PKR MPs Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Setiawangsa) and Tan Yee Kew (Wangsa Maju) – has 5,700 signatures.

Latheefa's appointment as the chief commissioner of MACC has courted controversy, mostly on grounds that she was a long-time member of PKR.

Other detractors, such as Nik Nazmi, Tan and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, said the appointment violates Harapan's promise for oversight on major appointments.

Legally, the prime minister has absolute discretion to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on most major appointments, such as the heads of commissions.

The prime minister has made many important appointments over the past year without any protest until Latheefa was picked to head the MACC last Tuesday.


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