Thursday 29 October 2009

Letter of protest to Malaysiakini - From Latheefa Koya - PKR.

Dear Editor,

I wish to bring to your attention a couple of Malaysiakini news pieces that of late have placed Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in underserved bad light due to alleged accounts of in-fighting and dissensions within the party that have depended largely on unnamed so called “insider sources/ accounts.”

Two recent reports come to mind “Sabah chief throws 'tantrums' at PKR meet” (15 October 2009) which I have already clarified with a press statement; and now the latest report “PKR sec-gen denies quit rumours” (27 October 2009) which had several hours earlier appeared in a more scandalous form but has since been amended. As far as the party leadership is concerned, it has not received any resignation letter and Salehuddin Hashim remains PKR's secretary-general. But the damage has been done: another report on in-fighting and dissensions in PKR. It would be interesting if Malaysiakini could confront these “sources” and demand for a copy of the “strongly-worded letter of resignation.”

While it is not in PKR’s place nor is it desirable for a political party to influence editorial policies of an independent news organisation like Malaysiakini, I found these pieces have been far too reliant on unnamed “insider sources/ accounts” that have exaggerated or told half truths or simply lies of particular party affairs.

While I do not doubt that there are “insider sources” for whatever devious plans and motives have been leaking out such information to Malaysiakini, I would request that you take more care and consideration in basing reports on these unnamed “insider sources/ accounts”; press for them to be named if they want to be taken seriously; and to scrupulously verify from other sources who have no qualms to be named.

There now seems to be a concerted campaign to portray PKR as a party mired in deep internal trouble and I hope Malaysiakini which has been the leading new media over the last decade can exercise better journalism and avoid being manipulated towards that end.   

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Latheefa Koya
Information Chief of PKR 


  1. Simple, we want freedom of press and surely that is what Malaysiakini is sticking to. Then fine!!! now see whether Malaysiakini is lying, cheating or are they responsible and accountable to their news reporting?!!! simple put it on trial, amacam Pak HH!!! Tapi bolih percaya ka dengan Mahkamah Malaysia????? nanti mainstream media pun melalak!!!
    So Malaysiakini hopefully you know and if it is wrong minta maaf la!!! simple what?????

  2. Latifah,,
    Hats off to You. Your presence in many of Malaysiakini's Tubes has been magnamous. You not only, are beautiful but mainly intelligence in you espire the young. Keep your spirits high and we shall endeavour, with you to greater hights.

  3. MalaysiaKini should immediately publish Latheefa's letter of clarification at the VERY LEAST they do.


  4. Never mind Malaysiakini, its good for Pakatan to be misquoted sometimes, it worth it that now someone came to the fore to wake us up from our complacency of Pakatan's capability to fight in the next election.

    At this moment, Pakatan's vulnerabilities are greater than its strength, that we must accept. Don't just make ourselves feel good by saying we can win in the next election with our foundation shaky, come on la.

    BN can be a bad boy at all time and that bad boy is bullying and is winning.