Malaysia’s anti-corruption chief, Mohd Shukri Abdull, has retired after just one year in the post – and will be replaced by an executive director from human rights initiative Lawyers for Liberty, the Malaysian government announced on Wednesday (June 4).
Shukri’s application to shorten his contract of service was granted by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
4 Jun – Seri Paduka Baginda YDP Agong memperkenankan permohonan YBhg. Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull untuk memendekkan perkhidmatan kontrak beliau lebih awal sebelum kontrak beliau berakhir pada 17 Mei 2020 sebagai Ketua Pesuruhjaya #SPRM.
— BeritaRTM (@beritartm) June 4, 2019
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) head was initially supposed to serve until May 17 next year, having risen to the post for a two-year contract after Pakatan Harapan won the 14th General Election last year.
Shukri worked for the MACC for 32 years, and was on an optional retirement program as deputy chief commissioner from July 31, 2016, according to a Bernama report.
Previously, Shukri said that he had been followed, photographed, and threatened with arrest over the MACC’s investigations into corruption surrounding the 1MDB case.
He said that a bullet had been sent to his house, case witnesses had been taken away, and admitted he had cried after being accused of being a traitor to Malaysia.
His replacement is lawyer and human rights activist Latheefa Beebi Koya, who assumed the role on June 1. She was a member of the PKR central executive committee, which oversees governmental institution reforms.
Latheefa said in a Tweet on Wednesday (June 4) that she had earlier resigned from the PKR due to the new appointment, as well as from her executive director post in Lawyers for Liberty.
Thanks for the advice. But I have already sent in my resignation with immediate effect as an ordinary member of PKR yesterday, upon being told of my impending appointment as Macc chief https://t.co/MjAqaSzqG7
— Latheefa Koya (@LatheefaKoya) June 4, 2019