Azmin defended Latheefa Koya’s appointment as MACC chief

Azmin defended Latheefa Koya’s appointment as MACC chief

PUTRAJAYA: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has defended the appointment of former PKR leader Latheefa Koya as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief.

“I am quite sure the appointment was based on merit. Latheefa has been in the legal service for many decades so I am certain the appointment was made on that particular merit and certainly not based on her political ideologies.

“She has not been active in the party for quite some time because she has been very busy, too occupied with her legal matters in court, so I think we should give her the opportunity to serve the body (MACC),” he told reporters at Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Aidilfitri open house at Seri Perdana today.

Azmin, who said he was not at the previous cabinet meeting as he just got back from performing his umrah, added that he found out about Latheefa’s appointment through the news.

Latheefa’s appointment dated June 1 was announced yesterday by the Prime Minister’s Office.  She would serve as MACC chief for a period of two years.

There have been some concerns over her appointment as the parliament select committee on public committee were in the dark on the appointment.

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