YOURSAY 'If she is not involved in corruption and is merely criticising the state administration, then the Selangor exco is wrong in our eyes.'
PKR councillor Latheefa Koya resigns from MBPJ
Ferdtan: So far former PKR councillor Latheefa Koya is doing fine, especially in the area of human rights. We still need her.
If she is not involved in corruption and is merely criticising the state administration, then the Selangor excos, including the MB Khalid Ibrahim, are wrong in our eyes.
The question we would like to ask - is MB Khalid Ibrahim getting too hardheaded? The big difference between Khalid and Penang CM Lim Guan Eng is communication. LGE is always open and communicates well on many issues with the public.
However, it is not the same with the Selangor MB. He is an introvert - he seldom gives press conferences. The only time he would ever come out is when he is needed to defend himself against attacks by Umno, or on topics such as Syabas, the state water concessionaire.
As the top man in the state, he has to communicate more with us - after all, we are the one who voted him in. Silence is not elegant. It sucks.
Progressive: This is simply unbelievable. Latheefa Koya getting sacked because she wrote an email to the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat leadership on housing woes for the poor?
No way. This is just the excuse. It must be related to political factionalism within PKR and Pakatan. MB, please clear the air. Be transparent like you claim to be.
Mohan Gandhi: I liked Latheefa's dedication and outspoken approach. Perhaps this matter should not have led to her removal being proposed by Khalid.
PKR, your foe is Umno and not your own party members. Let's work to remove Umno-BN; to do that, we must be prepared to listen to internal criticisms and take them positively.
MfM: When there is a risk of a scandal, sometimes it would be better to just resign. This is what Latheefa Koya has done. She has put the needs of the party ahead of her own.
This is unlike Umno members who put their needs above all else. You won't find any Umno leader having the dignity to resign and say, "I don't want to cause trouble. Let bygones be bygones, and we end it at that."
I commend Latheefa for her actions and for speaking up on housing for the poor. Regardless, it is still the Pakatan government's responsibility to ensure that such internal emails do not go public as discussions on matters can be 'spun' out of context.
I expect Utusan Malaysia to have a field day 'spinning' this against Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim. Khalid is not perfect, but he's far better than any Umno MB Selangor has had.
Pakatan has been doing a great job managing Selangor and has proven they have what it takes to run the country. They allow dissent but once dissent has been voiced, countered, and agreed upon, the decision of the executive is final.
Anonymous_5fb: There must be something serious going on that has caused Koya to resign so as to avoid aggravating the situation especially with the 13th GE around the corner. For this, she has my respect.
Sometimes, the Umno culture is very much in us without us consciously knowing it until things happen. After all, Umno has ruled Malaysia for 54 years. To rid the country of this unhealthy Umno culture, especially amongst ex-Umno and ex-BN politicians, is no simple matter.
Dumb&Deaf: Anyone can (and will) make mistakes. The decent human beings amongst us are prepared to apologise and resign - without first sacrificing the interests of hundreds or thousands of other lives.
This is unlike former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, former PM Mahathir Mohamad, and Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.
Thetruth: Pakatan, or to be specific PKR, cannot act like Umno-BN. PKR is the most problematic party in Pakatan because it has many leaders who are ex-Umno or ex-BN.
These people still have the same mentality of their past parties, but hopefully not the same reasons for staying with PKR.
Odin: As I have alluded to in a previous comment, Pakatan is not 100 percent perfect, but it is the only viable alternative existing.
This matter is, to me, an internal one. In any family, there is sometimes bound to be squabbles or misunderstandings.
The question I would ask is this: will this problem cause Malaysia to lose hundreds of millions or even billions in public funds to enrich a select few?
Anonymous #79199503: Be realistic, one is elected by the rakyat to represent us and not the party, therefore the rakyat's welfare comes first before that of any party.
If a people's representative cannot voice the rakyat's concerns, what is the point of being one?
Fairplayer: I don't know what is going on exactly, but I salute Latheefa for resigning.
Whichever coalition takes over Putrajaya, it is my desire and hope that corruption and foul play be hacked away completely, and that the police force, MACC and judiciary be purified to uphold justice and fair play in all dealings.
Onyourtoes: Look at this positively. When BN was in power - whether as the federal, state or local authority - we hardly heard of any disagreements. Everything was too perfect. What does that tell us? With Pakatan, we often hear of disagreements, disputes and resignations.
This, to me, is a good sign. Think deep. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) once said: A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.
Kuasa Rakyat: I have always respected Latheefa's commitment and her stand for the rakyat. What's going on?
I'm beginning to be unsure of Pakatan. Some clarification is both needed and necessary. Still, Umno-BN has got to go - they are as bad as you can get. There is no harm trying something new.
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