Thursday, August 07, 2014

Support your boss or resign, Suaram tells Selangor State exco members

For once, Kua Kia Soong is saying something that not only makes sense but could help Suaram defend itself against claims that it is an Anwar Ibrahim's puppet. He's saying that the Selangor state exco members should all RESIGN if they are not prepared to embrace the principles of collective responsibility and defend their boss,  Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, against allegations made by their comrades outside Selangor. 
Question is, is Kia Soong the lone pro-Pakatan voice on this? Since this is a "personal opinion" of his, will Suaram even support their adviser? 
It's worth reproducing the article in full, you will agree with me:

State exco must bear responsibility for Khalid’s alleged wrongdoing – Kua Kia Soong

So far in the Selangor menteri esar controversy, the wrong people, namely Pakatan Rakyat leaders outside the state leadership, have been making allegations against the Menteri Besar amidst much sound and fury. Actually, the only people who are accountable to the voters of Selangor are the Executive Council members who have been part of Khalid Ibrahim’s Cabinet all these years. We have heard so many allegations against Khalid but the state Cabinet, except for one, has been silent.
So far, only DAP state exco member Teng Chang Khim has stepped forward to defend Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, disagreeing with claims that the Selangor Mentri Besar has been acting unilaterally on a number of key administrative matters. Teng has said that it is not true that Khalid had not consulted others when making important decisions, or that the Selangor executive council was “kept in the dark” over a new water deal that was signed between the state government and the federal government recently.
The Selangor Local Government, Research and Development Committee chairman was quoted in the local media on 5 August 2014:
“It is not a true picture. He (Khalid) didn’t make decisions on his own without going through the Exco (state executive council)… The notice to attend (the signing ceremony) may have been short but the matter has been discussed.”

Now, would you believe a Selangor State Exco member who is prepared to bear collective responsibility for the MB’s decisions or would you believe someone who is not in the state cabinet?
Well, you may say Teng is just one out of the whole state cabinet. But if silence from the rest of the state cabinet is not to be interpreted as consent then they have forfeited their right! You can’t have your cake and eat it; you can’t enjoy a minister’s salary and allowances but plead ignorance when it’s your collective responsibility to bear!
For years, we have rightly criticised Ministers of BN component parties for being UMNO puppets and that is what Reformasi was supposed to change, wasn’t it? The hope was to reinstate good governance demonstrated by collective leadership incorporating transparency, democracy, accountability and public participation.
So now, let’s hear our state Executive council members speak – Has Tan Sri Khalid lived up to these principles in the last 6 years as Selangor MB? If not, why didn’t you speak out or resign in protest? – August 6, 2014.
* Kua Kia Soong is an adviser for Suaram.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.


  1. Anonymous5:12 pm


    Finally the Trojan horses are revealed. This time from DAP. Earlier it was PAS and PKR.

    Spring cleaning before GE14?

  2. ..he..he..berlagak 'neutral' konon nya! Ahli-ahli bawahan Pas dan Pkr sudah lenjun kena kencing oleh puak-puak kanan mereka...

    Jika terkena pada Umno atau BN, agak-agak apa reaksi mereka ? Sudah tentu mereka 'berdoa' bergembira Umno hancur dan lenyap !

    Jahat tetap di balas dengan kejahatan. Tunggu perkara yang lebih besar momentum nya...

  3. Khalid's cabinet are a bunch of church mice. They remind me of a story in the bible, during the time of King David. Uriah and his army were facing the enemy. He gave the order to charge, and gallop full speed, only to realize a while later that he is on his own. He was slaughtered. And so will be Khalid.

  4. Anonymous11:11 pm

    Kua Siong mimpi basah

  5. Anonymous12:02 am

    Belated Selamat Hari Raya RB & family and blessings always, inshaallah.

    Also congrats for hitting the 21million mark. Not much into commenting these days but still drop by for a read as this remains a favourite blog of mine

    Warrior 231