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Latheefa quits as MACC chief

Latheefa Beebi Koya

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — March 6, 2020: Latheefa Bebi Koya has resigned as the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission — a post the former PKR central committee member had helmed since nine months ago.

Her resignation came amidst speculation that the political element in her appointment by the previous Pakatan Harapan government had pressured her to do so.

Latheefa, in her statement today, denied she resigned due to pressure from outside.

“It was my own decision. Speculation that pressure was brought upon me is baseless. My intention is to return to my practice as a human rights advocate.

“I met the prime minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) and explained to him my decision. We had a very cordial discussion and he understands my position.

“I have met and briefed my deputy Datuk Seri Azam Baki as well as other MACC department heads in order to ensure an orderly handover of duties,” said her statement.

Her critics have been calling for Latheefa’s resignation, citing former attorney-general Tommy Thomas’ excuse for his resignation last week — that he needed to do so as he was a political appointee by former PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

While Latheefa’s appointment on June 4 last year was controversial, it was not until last January 8 that she faced intense backlash over her revelation of audio recordings involving former PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.