The Malacca state government has been urged to review the position of Norhizam Hassan Baktee as the state executive councillor for Agriculture, Entrepreneurial Development and Agro-based Industry, said the state PAS commissioner Kamaruddin Sidek.
He said no matter what reasons were given, the incident concerning Norhizam's rough handling of the people recently could not be accepted for a "Yang Berhormat” (an elected representative) who should look after the welfare of the people.
He said Norhizam was previously linked to a trespassing incident on a fertiliser store in Sungai Rambai, but what was regrettable was that an undesired incident which affected the state government's reputation had occurred again.
“Previously I had made a statement that the exco concerned should be dropped on the principle of reputation and moral of the state government, but the chief minister (Adly Zahari) continued to defend him. Eventually, the people of Malacca themselves see that the state government's slogan "Wibawa” or Integrity is meaningless and is, in fact, a mere rhetoric.
“I find that if no action is taken, such a problem will be repeated,” he said in a statement today.
Recently a video of Norhizam behaving in a rough manner against village residents over the closure of the road Jalan Pulau Nibong-Taman Akasia in Batu Berendam, became viral in a social website, and yesterday, both Norhizam and Adly had apologised for the incident.
Meanwhile, Adly when met by reporters at Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh, today, said there was no necessity for Norhizam to resign as a state exco member because he had served well in the past, but conceded that Norhizam should improve himself.
“He is an exco member who meets the people almost every day to resolve problems, it's just that the approach used (should be improved). We will improve this from time to time.
“At the state government level, I hope this government will be given a chance to improve from time to time. In fact, it's not only us, but the whole government system,” he added.
He said it was the aspiration of the people to see an improvement in the administration system in the state and country.