Azam Baki succeeds Latheefa as new MACC chief

by ASILA JALIL/ pic by BERNAMA

THE Yang di-Pertuan Agong has appointed Datuk Seri Azam Baki (picture) as the new chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) effective yesterday, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The appointment was made after the King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, consented to Latheefa Koya’s resignation from the post, also effective yesterday.

“The government thanks Latheefa for her service to the country during her tenure as the MACC chief commissioner,” said PMO in the statement.

Last Friday, Latheefa resigned as the graft buster’s chief commissioner after nine months helming the post.

In a statement to the media, Latheefa said the resignation was her own decision, adding that speculations that her resignation was due to pressure brought upon her were “baseless”.

Azam was previously the agency’s deputy chief commissioner (operations), a post he helmed since 2016.

He has more than 30 years of experience serving with the agency. He started his career with the MACC, formerly known as Anti-Corruption Agency, in 1984 as an assistant investigations officer at the intelligence division.

In 2007, Azam led the special task force which was investigating the Port Klang Free Zone scandal. He also played a role in the agency’s investigations into the country’s sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

Azam’s appointment was the second top appointment made by the new administration under Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Last week, Federal Court Judge Tan Sri Idrus Harun was appointed as the new attorney general, which took effect on March 6. Idrus replaced Tan Sri Tommy Thomas who resigned before his two-year contract ends in June.