BUTTERWORTH, 30 June 2009: Several Seberang Perai municipal councillors have described the Penang government’s sacking of Johari Kassim as a member of the council as too harsh.
Mohd Kamil Abu Bakar of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) said the state government could have just suspended Johari as a warning for having led eight PKR councillors in boycotting the swearing-in of the new council president on 4 June.
“This is too harsh, he should have been suspended first,” he told reporters after attending the council meeting here today.
He hoped that the state government would give Johari a second chance.
Kamil was one of the councillors who boycotted the swearing-in in protest of the state government’s decision to appoint civil servant Mokhtar Mohd Jait as the new council president without discussing with PKR.
The state government yesterday announced that Johari’s expulsion was effective Friday, 26 June.
Kamil’s view was shared by another councillor, Mohd Fadzil Kemi of PAS, who said that Johari deserved a second chance, especially after his good performance as the council’s chief whip.
“Johari should first be warned. All this while, he had done a very good job. The move to boycott the swearing-in ceremony was a result of a misunderstanding, not because of his obstinacy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mokhtar said the candidate to replace Johari in the council would be decided by the state government soon. — Bernama