The decision to appoint Latheefa Beebi Koya as the new chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is final, said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday (Jun 8).

He said the appointment was made just as he had done for other senior officers.

“There is no problem, I appoint a lot of people, this (Latheefa’s appointment) is just one of them, that’s all … (the decision to appoint Latheefa) if already decided, it’s final,” said Mahathir.

“Obviously I am not going to retract it, then they will say I am making a U-turn.”

Mahathir was speaking at a Hari Raya open house event, where he was asked about Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim’s comments that the prime minister should clarify Latheefa’s appointment.