Asia Malaysia Malaysia anti-graft top job controversy a litmus test for Anwar in PM...

Malaysia anti-graft top job controversy a litmus test for Anwar in PM succession plans




- Advertisement -

The controversial appointment of to head the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is proving to be a litmus test for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), and a trouble spot for who is to succeed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad soon.

At least, that was the plan of the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition during last year’s General Election.

Latheefa, whose appointment by Dr Mahathir made the headlines last week, resigned from the PKR to step into her new role a day later. A close ally of PKR deputy president , Latheefa was in the middle of a well-publicized rift that shook the PKR recently. Rumours has pitted Azmin against Anwar in the succession plan.

Therefore, this has led to some speculation that Latheefah’s appointment may be a sign the premiership post may not be Anwar’s.

- Advertisement -

Ragunath Kesavan, former President of the Malaysian Bar, told The Independent, he is favour of the appointment although the manner of her appointment is not ideal but she is most qualified and suitable for the position. “She is known for her independence and integrity and is fearless in doing the right thing.”

Democratic Action Party Member of Parliament Charles Santiago says on a personal level, he sees the appointment as a good one. “Going forward, there is no problem with Latheefa herself,” citing her work in human rights.

For Mr Ragunath, there is a deeper problem, and that is with Pakatan Harapan itself. “This appointment also exposes the weakness in the structure of leadership within the government and raises major issues of governance and accountability that has to be addressed by Pakatan. The powers of the PM must be subject to collective decision-making processes.”

The current ruling coalition, he says, has been unsuccessful in fighting for reforms for the rule of law, and therefore much power still lies with the Prime Minister.

- Advertisement -

“The failure of Pakatan to push ahead reforms for the rule of law allows such wide powers remaining in the hands of the PM. The positive is that the huge outcry although targeted at Latheefa Koya unfairly raises issues of governance that PH must address as soon as possible to counter the massive drop in the trust deficit from the people.”

For Santiago, the new appointment may have thrown a wrench into the succession plan, because of Latheefa’s closeness with the Economic Affairs Minister, Azmin.

Anwar, the MP says, may see his chances of becoming Prime Minister diminishing.

However, Latheefa’s appointment is a done deal, as a Parliamentary Select Committee can only advise, and not appoint. Only Dr Mahathir has the power to do that, even though many in the PKR who wish to stick to their manifesto, are not in agreement with this.

- Advertisement -

Dr Mahathir appointing Latheefa is perfectly legal, Santiago told The independent.

He believes the Prime Minister needs to tread more carefully in forthcoming appointments. He “needs to be more respectful of the process,” Santiago said.”/ TISG

Read related: Cracks appear deepening uncertainty in Malaysia’s PM transition planFollow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to 

- Advertisement -

Kumaran Pillai shares racist incident where Indian woman was called ‘black monster’, ‘black girl’

Singapore -- The Progress Singapore Party’s (PSP) Kumaran Pillai shared an incident where an Indian girl wrote that she was called “black monster” in primary school. He added that there are two kinds of racists - an outright one, and one...

Man allegedly shouts at McDonald’s manager because there is ham in egg mayo sandwich

Singapore – A member of the public took to social media to commend the staff manager of a McDonald's outlet for handling well an angry customer complaining about the ham in his egg mayo sandwich. A netizen took to Facebook page Complaint...

Man who pretended to be ‘sugar mummy’ gets 10 months jail for sex with boy, 17

Singapore—A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 10 months' jail on Monday (June 14) for having procured the sexual services of a 17-year-old boy. The man, Muhammad AL-Masfuiin Mushin, pretended to be a “sugar mummy” in order to entice the boy to come...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to