Tuesday July 17, 2012
Latheefa resigns from MBPJ
By EDWARD R. HENRY and TASHNY SUKUMARAN
PETALING JAYA: PKR legal bureau chief Latheefa Koya has resigned as a Petaling Jaya city councillor.
In a letter to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim yesterday, she said her position as a city councillor was “untenable” as her potential sacking had become a matter of public knowledge and speculation.
She claimed that the instability of her position was due to an internal e-mail regarding her concern on housing for the poor and not related to any Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) matter.
She said the e-mail was recently sent to the mentri besar and top party leaders.
“As a result, I understand that Khalid and the state exco are mulling over my sacking from MBPJ.
“Therefore, I am compelled to tender my resignation as MBPJ councillor with immediate effect,” she said.
Contacted for more information, Latheefa refused to comment.
Her resignation did not come as a surprise as the councillor who assumed the post in July 2008 was said to be at loggerheads with residents in her Zone 16, which covers Sections 1, 1A, 3, 4 and 18 of Petaling Jaya.
A senior resident and a member of an association claimed that numerous complaints had been lodged against her with the city council and the state government about her being “ineffective” and “snubbing residents”.
A city councillor alleged that Latheefa had a spat with Khalid about three weeks ago over his political secretary Faekah Husin.
On June 30, speculation was rife that she had been suspended, leading to her absence from a full board council meeting.