PUTRAJAYA JUNE 11: Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said he can make appointments according to the merits of the case without consulting the cabinet ministers.
Dr. Mahathir said, the Prime Minister decides after taking opinions from others but people can still have their opinions on the decision that has been made.
The Prime Minister was responding to the controversies over the appointment of Latheefa Koya as Head of Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) recently to replace Datuk Seri Mohd. Shukri Abdull whose tenure should end in 2020.
Dr. Mahathir explains that the Pakatan Harapan government intends to have Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) and to do that change should be made in some provisions in the Federal Constitution.
“We need to have two-third majority and the government do not have that and as such the PSC cannot function legally,” he said after chairing the Economic Action Council meeting at his office here today.
“At the moment, we go with the old idea of making appointments where the Prime Minister decides,” he reiterated.
The Prime Minister was also asked whether the appointment of the recent Inspector General of Police, Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador went through the Cabinet and Parliament.
He stressed that he is not required to go through the Cabinet but decides based on the merits of the case.
Many people raised the question of the appointment of Latheefa Koya as the MACC Head as it did not go through Parliament or Cabinet.
One of Pakatan Harapan’s pledges in its 14th General Election Manifesto was to ensure that top government appointments would be chosen by Parliament or Cabinet.-Malaysia World News