Malaysia’s graft-buster chief Latheefa Koya resigns

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Latheefa Koya tendered her resignation, as the country sees a switch in federal power that ousted the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

In a statement yesterday, Latheefa said she was not pressured to vacate the office. “It was my own decision to do so. Speculation that pressure was brought upon me is baseless,” she said.

Latheefa said a letter conveying her intention to resign was submitted to newly installed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday, and it was subject to the approval of the king.

She said Muhyiddin understood her position when they met on Thursday to discuss her resignation.

“I also briefed him about our ongoing actions and efforts for the recovery of the stolen 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) monies from abroad.

“He was fully supportive of these actions,” she said in the statement.

This was the second such exit in the last few days after United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which was defeated in the 2018 general election, came back to power. Attonery-general Tommy Thomas tendered his resignation last Friday.