PENANG, 8 July 2009: Johari Kassim, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) member of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) who was sacked from his councillor’s post recently, today made an open apology over the negative remarks he had made about the Penang government in the media.
Following his apology, the Penang government cancelled his sacking and gave him a one-month suspesnion instead.
This was announced by Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman after Johari made the apology in his presence at a press conference here. Mansor said the decision was taken after state PKR leaders discussed his case with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday.
Johari was sacked from the post on 29 June after leading a PKR boycott of the swearing-in of the new MPSP president, Mokhtar Mohd Jait, on 4 June.
Johari had alleged that Mokthtar’s appointment had been done without any consultation with PKR. Several MPSP councillors had voiced out against the action taken against Johari, claiming it to have been too harsh. — Bernama