Malaysia’s anti-corruption chief is quitting before his contract ends – a year after someone sent a bullet to his house

Mohd Shukri Abdull previously said that he had been followed, photographed, accused of betrayal, and threatened with arrest over the MACC’s investigations into corruption surrounding the 1MDB case.
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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.

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.

I was threatened to be fired, asked to retire early, take leave early, and be pulled into the training department,” he said.

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.

 

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