KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull today quitted as Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner and human rights lawyer Latheefa Koya had been appointed as the new MACC chief commissioner effective June 1.
His decision to resign is not a surprise to anyone as he has been “talking about it for the past few months,” Mohd Shukri told the New Straits Times today (June 4).
He was appointed as the top gun of the anti-graft agency after Pakatan Harapan took control of Putrajaya following the 14th General Election (GE14) in May last year. His contract is supposed to end on May 17, 2020.
Latheefa Koya had been appointed as MACC chief commissioner effective June 1.
The announcement that Latheefa Koya has been appointed as MACC chief commissioner was made earlier today by the Prime Minister’s Office. She will head MACC for two years.
Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that this move is part of the government reformation.
“This appointment is a step towards reforming government institutions,” the statement read.
Shukri said he has completed his mission, namely the 1MDB and SRC International Sdn Bhd investigations, as he brought Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah, Former Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi and many other leaders from previous government (Barisan Nasional) to court and they were charged.
“I have done my job and managed to unite all the MACC officers.
“We have not only managed to bring 1MDB and SRC to court but also other major cases in the past one year,” he told NST.
He also told FMT that he has done his part. “I have completed my mission,” he said.
Following the announcement of her appointment earlier today, Latheefa Koya said she has resigned from PKR with immediate effect yesterday.
She was a member of the PKR political bureau as well as its legal bureau chief. She is also the former executive director of Lawyers for Liberty.