PETALING JAYA: Latheefa Koya has decided to come clean on the infamous Kajang Move by PKR which eventually led to the ousting of former Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim.
Blaming a certain party leader for the much-criticised strategy, Latheefa said the main reason for the plan was to avoid PKR deputy president Azmin Ali from taking over as Selangor MB.
In a revealing Facebook post, the PKR central committee member, without mentioning any names, said that it was wrong of the “architect of the fatal Kajang Move to now try and push the blame”.
“Why did Kajang Move happen? Because he wanted to make sure Azmin Ali who was then already a state assemblyman would not be MB.
“We could have avoided the terrible mess that happened because of it, and Anwar would have been still with us now, if not for his Kajang Move,” Latheefa said alluding to PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.
In January 2014, Kajang assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh announced his resignation, following which it was announced that Anwar would run for the vacant seat. The plan was said to fortify Selangor as the “gateway to Putrajaya” with Anwar becoming the next Selangor MB.
However, with Anwar being convicted for sodomy by the Court of Appeal two months later, the whole plan was thrown into disarray and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was put up as the party’s candidate.
Claiming that Rafizi did not consider the repercussions of the Kajang Move, Latheefa said a conversation she had with him after a public forum in February 2014 revealed the weakness of the plan.
“A small public forum was held with pro-Kajang Move people and those against the Kajang Move.
“After the event, we went to Bangsar for tea. There I asked him, hey what if Anwar is convicted (because during that time, the prosecution’s appeal against Anwar’s case was still being fixed for case management.
“You know what his answer was? ‘Oops! I didn’t think of that!’ Will he now deny saying that to me??!” Latheefa said.
Rafizi: Ambiga aided in removing Khalid as MB
Yesterday, Rafizi released a statement claiming that former Bersih 2.0 chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan had aided efforts to remove Khalid as Selangor MB.
“Prior to Kajang Move, I met her personally at Bangsar Shopping Centre over lunch to listen to her views on the performance of the Selangor MB then.
“At the meeting, she also passed a document that eventually formed one of the key considerations that led to PKR’s decision to remove Khalid Ibrahim through the Kajang Move,” Rafizi said in the statement.
Latheefa dismissed such a claim, saying that it was not true.
“At that time, Ambiga had openly criticised the Kajang Move and strongly advised against it. Rafizi then pretended to apologise publicly and claimed he will explain to the public.
“Now, the tune is all changed. He claims now like a really sly cunning fellow that Ambiga also gave him some documents, to insinuate that Ambiga partook in the removal of Khalid Ibrahim, when in fact he knows very well she was never involved in that or any other party plans or agenda,” Latheefa said.
The comment by Rafizi is believed to be related to Ambiga’s recent criticism of the infighting between the Pandan MP and other PKR leaders.
Opposite sides of PAS-PKR talks
Latheefa and Rafizi are believed to be on the opposite sides of the debate in PKR on the need to have talk talks with its former ally, PAS.
Referring to the Islamist party, Latheefa also blamed Rafizi for having triggered any “bad blood with PAS”.
She said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had never agreed to the Kajang Move.
“What did this budak do then? He immediately revealed that prior to the last general eletion, Hadi never wanted Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister designate, and that in fact Hadi wanted Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
“This so-called revelation was unnecessary, infuriated Hadi. This was the beginning of bad blood between PAS and Rafizi,” Latheefa said.