Datuk Idris Buang

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Information chief Datuk Idris Buang has little sympathy for outgoing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.

Latheefa, who resigned yesterday, is now the second political appointee of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to quit after former Attorney- General Tommy Thomas.

Idris said the public was not able to view Latheefa as an impartial figure as she was very much “a politician with partisan inclination”.

“Her taking her job itself was not welcomed by many sections of the people in this country in the first place.

“That was enough to bring up the hue and cry of the possibility of bias, eventhough she had since resigned as a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) member,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

Idris said the phrase “once a politician, always a politician” clouded Latheefa in terms of her public image.

“Politicians or ex-politicians holding such critical and powerful position in a law enforcement agency like MACC, are naturally predisposed to wrangle in an inevitable firestorm of controversies,” he said.

He added that there was no surprise at all that with the unprecedented shifting of the ground in Malaysian politics that Latheefa quit.

“Our dear Latheefa has thought it fit to call it a day and surrender the heavily badged and decorated uniform,” he said.