PETALING JAYA: Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull has come out to say he has given his full support to his successor.
Mohd Shukri said he had not questioned Latheefa Koya’s appointment as the new MACC chief, and urged detractors to give her a chance.
“Let’s give her our support, let her do her work to the best of her abilities,” he added.
Mohd Shukri said this at a press conference on Saturday (June 8) to address speculation about his resignation.
Mohd Shukri said there was no issue with Latheefa being an outsider within MACC as she will have experienced officers supporting her.
He added that her experience as a lawyer would be beneficial as she could combine corporate ideas with government initiatives.
Mohd Shukri said it was important for Latheefa to work closely with MACC officers, and likewise for the officers to offer her guidance for her to succeed as the MACC chief.
He advised his successor to be a good leader.
Latheefa’s appointment, announced on June 4, came as a surprise to many.
She replaced Mohd Shukri, who quit before his tenure was to have ended in 2020.
She then resigned as a PKR member and the executive director of Lawyers for Liberty.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said it was his personal decision to appoint Latheefa to the post, and that he did not consult Cabinet on the matter. He also said that he had “listened to many people” before making his decision.