Dick Lembang Dugun

KUCHING: The new federal government is urged to replace outgoing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya with a person just as credible.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) political analyst Dick Lembang Dugun said Latheefa had done well in her short stint.

“The country needs someone like her to lead MACC, her replacement must have the same willpower to combat corruption and rid the country of the disease,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

He opined that Latheefa’s resignation was on moral grounds as she was appointed by the previous government under then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Once Dr Mahathir resigned, all his appointees should resign, that is the practice of the Westminster system which we emulate,” he said.

Dick said the country’s ranking in the corruption perception index (CPI) was a testament to Latheefa’s work.