Selamat Hari Raya, folks! I hope you are lovely Raya break. While some of you were enjoying your ketupats, I was busy writing this piece. Let me know in the coments below if I missed out anything from Latheefa’s priority list.
Latheefa Koya’s appointment as chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has been widely welcomed despite certain reservations over the selection review process.
It is now clear that the PM had not even consulted the cabinet over the appointment. “Sometimes we get surprises, lah,” he said
This itself negates the system of checks and balances and places too much power in one person. In normal circumstances, it would leave the appointee beholden to the person who appointed her. And given the lack of a consultation process, not everyone appears happy with the appointment.
That said, Latheefa’s appointment has been described by others as a Raya gift to the nation. Many believe the corrupt now have good reason to quake in their boots. Her appointment was welcomed in much the same way as the appointments of Art Harun as Electoral Commission chairman, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof as speaker of Parliament, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat as Chief Justice and Abdul Hamid Bador as police chief were lauded. Full article in the Aliran website