Probe Latheefa Koya over ex-Felda director’s MACC case, says Puad

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PETALING JAYA: Umno Supreme Council member Puad Zarkashi has urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe its former chief commissioner, Latheefa Koya, saying her management and administration of MACC were influenced by political interests.

This comes in the wake of the agency’s decision to withdraw 29 corruption charges against former Felda board member Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashi.

In a Facebook post today, Puad said since Latheefa was in charge of the agency at that time when the charges were drafted, she should be investigated. “She was a political appointee of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.”

He said MACC’s move to withdraw charges against Ehsanuddin due to new findings and evidence had affected the image, credibility and integrity of MACC.

Commenting on the decision, the chairman of the MACC Advisory Board, Abu Zahar Ujang, had said there seemed to be weaknesses in the investigation, as well as shortfalls in the management and administration of MACC at that time.

“Because the action taken in this case was not transparent or professional, but leaned more towards political interests, the current MACC management has to bear the implications,” Zahar said.

The advisory board is one of five independent agencies mandated to monitor MACC and its members are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

On Sept 1, Bernama reported that Ehsanuddin had been acquitted and discharged of 29 bribery charges after the prosecution withdrew the charges against him.

In a statement on Sunday, MACC explained that Ehsanuddin was acquitted because he had returned the money before the probe began on his 29 alleged bribery charges.

MACC said it had started further investigations when Ehsanuddin submitted his representation and statement of defence under Section 62 of the MACC Act 2009 during the trial.

“Based on the new findings and evidence, the accused proved that he had returned the money alleged to be bribery before the investigations had started,” said MACC.

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