KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Latheefa Koya has resigned from her position, a source privy to the agency’s developments said tonight.
“She has resigned. Datuk Seri Azam Baki will clock in on Monday,” the source who requested anonymity told Malay Mail when contacted.
Before today’s turn of events, Azam fulfilled the role of the agency’s deputy chief commissioner (operation).
It is understood that he will take the helm on an interim basis at the moment, but will likely be promoted to the position of MACC chief permanently in due course.
Malay Mail has reached out to both Latheefa and Azam for their comment but neither has replied at the time of writing.
Earlier, TV3 had also reported Latheefa’s resignation during its primetime Buletin Utama show at 8pm.
She had, earlier today, testified as the 12th defence witness in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s RM42 million SRC International Sdn Bhd corruption trial.
National newswire Bernama had reported earlier today that the former vocal human rights lawyer was tight-lipped when asked to comment on speculation surrounding her rumoured resignation.
Latheefa was appointed to head the MACC, replacing Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, after his contract was allowed to expire ahead of its deadline on May 17, 2020.
In a statement then, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Latheefa would serve as MACC chief for two years beginning June 1.