Free Malaysia Today reported on 29-09-2010 about “Cases involving the Petaling Jaya City Municipal Council (MBPJ) are being given to a law firm where two PKR leaders R Sivarasa and Latheefa Koya, a MBPJ councilor, work.” In fact, this was an open secret within the Selangor government for at least a good one year. I am surprised that it took so long for this to surface into the open. It must be noted that YB R Sivarasa, the MP for Subang, is one of the partners of the law firm of M/s Daim & Gamany. There were allegations of conflict of interests on the part of YB R Sivarasa, who is the Vice President of PKR and Latheefa Koya, the PKR Information Chief.
It is debatable where there were conflict of interests for the law firm connected to YB R Sivarasa and Latheefa Koya to act for MBPJ. However, this was just another glaring case of CRONYISM at play under the Selangor government. We have read many allegations of cronyism against YB Ronnie Liu, the famous DAP exco member, who was given a light tap on the wrist by the DAP for his involvement in the issuance of letters of support for his cronies.
I have heard on many occasions during the debates in Parliament and ceramah where these same leaders have been screaming out against cronyism by BN politicians. Now it seems that it is a case of “Dua Kali Lima and Lima Kali Dua” and “Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin!”
I would have thought that these three PR politicians should have known better that they are no ordinary members of the DAP and PKR and they should not be involved whether directly or indirectly in the awarding of projects or jobs to their friends. YB R Sivarasa and Latheefa Koya should also ensure that the law firm that they are practising in should not be appointed to act for the Selangor government or any agencies under the purview of Selangor government as both YB R Sivarasa and Latheefa Koya hold high positions in PKR. PKR is part of the Selangor government. It cannot be denied that the law firm of M/s Daim & Gamany was appointed after 2008 General Elections!
Nevertheless, in the spirit of “Competency, Accountability and Transparency” (CAT) a slogan most familiar to YB Sivarasa and Latheefa Koya, they should openly declare how may cases have been awarded to M/s Daim & Gamany up to this date, what procedures were used by the Selangor government for the appointment, the exact amount of professional charges charged against each case and what were the results of the cases. I am sure both of them still believe in CAT. I am also sure that in the name of public interest both of them will not be shy to reveal such facts.