The MB confirms speculation that she may be booted out of MBPJ.
TANJONG KARANG: Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim confirmed today that the state executive council did discuss sacking PKR information chief Latheefa Koya from the Petaling Jaya city council ((MBPJ).
He said the exco had not reached a decision and the discussion was continuing.
He also revealed that the exco was also reviewing the tenure of “seven to eight” other councillors, but refused to give more details.
“I cannot comment on the issue as we are still reviewing the matter,” he told reporters after attending a function here.
“We do not have a final decision on the matter yet. We will decide on the reasons and our future action.”
However, FMT has learnt that Khalid himself proposed the sacking of the vocal human rights lawyer at the exco meeting last week and that he received the backing of all exco members except one.
Sources said Khalid’s motion was seconded by Sri Andalas state assemblymen Xavier Jayakumar, who is the exco in charge of health, estate workers, poverty and caring governance.
“It was not a hard decision for them to make,” said one source. “It all started with a letter sent by Latheefa sometime ago to the Menteri Besar, criticising his administration.”
Copies were sent to top PKR leaders, including de facto chief Anwar Ibrahim and party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the source added.
“She had also sent several SMSes criticising the state government. Most of the issues involved squatters.
“She had, on numerous occasion, questioned why the state government was bending over backwards for squatters in several areas. The SMSes were also sent to Anwar and other top PKR leaders.”
FMT learnt that the idea to boot her out of MBPJ was mooted at the Selangor Economic Council meeting and subsequently brought to the exco by the Menteri Besar.
Latheefa said yesterday that she had yet to receive any letter of dismissal.
“I am still very much a MBPJ councillor and also the whip for PKR councillors,” she said in text message to FMT. “I have not received any such letter.”
Several exco members contacted by FMT would neither deny nor confirm the speculation.
“They can’t talk about it yet,” one source said. “They are all waiting for the letter to be sent to Latheefa and then react. It would be an internal thing.”