Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Latheefa Koya saga -- it depends on whose ox is being gored

Whether you are happy or bothered by Latheefa Koya's appointment as MACC chief depends almost entirely on where you lie on the political spectrum of Pakatan Harapan, and specifically within PKR.

Basically, if you are in the pro-Anwar faction,  you fall into "concerned about process" camp. If you are in the pro-Azmin camp, you are in the "the PM has the right to appoint whoever he wants" camp.

And if you are not into PKR politics or even Pakatan politics, you are probably glad that Latheefa Koya has been selected to head MACC because of her reputation as an idealist and activist. You believe she will make criminals shiver, as Ambiga put it.

I am of the same opinion as Ambiga. From what I've read of Latheefa, she probably would make a good MACC chief.

That doesn't mean there isn't any concern whatsoever about process. I think it's not a good thing that the process promised by Pakatan was not adhered to. However, my concern about process has nothing to do with whether I'm in the pro-Anwar vs pro-Azmin camp. I think it's important that the executive does not have so much powers.

It would have been interesting to see how each of these camps would have reacted if someone who was anti-Azmin and pro-Anwar was selected the same way to become MACC chief. I suspect that if that had happened, the very same people who are concerned about process suddenly don't mind that the process was not followed. Similarly, the very people who don't think that process is important, would suddenly be harping about process and why it should have been followed.

In other words, it depends on whose ox is being gored. What position you take has little to do with process or no process and has everything to do with which faction you support.

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