Mukhriz defends father on Latheefa appointment but leaves most important question unanswered

Mukhriz completely ignored the fact that Pakatan Harapan had betrayed the trust of the people by ignoring a manifesto pledge that may have been key to the coalition’s victory. Source (pic): NST Online

Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has a message for Latheefa Koya – you can’t step down just because your former colleagues are asking you to do so.

Defending his father, Mukhriz said Mahathir was one to listen to all quarters before arriving at a decision.

However, who these quarters are or what positions they hold is anybody’s guess, as everyone who is anyone in PH seems either disturbed by the appointment or claims to have been in the dark over the matter.

This suggests that the Prime Minister may have referred to people who aren’t Members of Parliament (MPs), which begs the question – why did he refuse to consult a parliamentary select committee given his ‘willingness” to “listen to many people?”


PETALING JAYA: Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has a message for Latheefa Koya – you can’t step down just because your former colleagues are asking you to do so.

However, the Kedah Menteri Besar didn’t quite put it that way, preferring instead to tell reporters that it was wrong for some quarters to seek Latheefa’s resignation as her appointment was made by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad with the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.




It was a roundabout way of telling Koya not to succumb to pressure. Defending his father, Mukhriz said Mahathir was one to listen to all quarters before arriving at a decision.

However, he completely ignored the fact that Pakatan Harapan betrayed the trust of the people by  reneging on a manifesto pledge that may have been key to the coalition’s victory.

Prior to the 14thgeneral election, PH promised to refer all appointments to the Human Rights Commission, the Election Commission of Malaysia, the MACC and the judiciary to an appropriate parliamentary committee.

That said, Mahathir did ‘consult’ someone before appointing Latheefa as the new chief of the MACC, given that he ‘confessed’ to “listen(ing) to many people” before arriving at a decision.

However, who these people are or what positions they hold is anybody’s guess, as everyone who is anyone in PH seems either disturbed by the appointment or claims to have been in the dark over the matter.

This suggests that the Prime Minister may have referred to people who aren’t Members of Parliament (MPs), which begs the question – why did he refuse to consult a parliamentary select committee given his ‘willingness” to “listen to many people?”

Here itself, we can see that the move was Mahathir’s way of telling his detractors who’s boss and that anyone wishing to topple him risks having corruption charges slapped on him (or her).

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