Norhizam’s position as Melaka exco should be reviewed, says PAS

State exco Norhizam Hassan Baktee (second from left) apologised to residents yesterday for raising his voice. (Facebook pic)

MELAKA: Melaka PAS has urged the state government to review Norhizam Hassan Baktee’s position as the agriculture, entrepreneurial development and agro-based industry state executive councillor (exco).

The party’s state commissioner Kamaruddin Sidek said no matter what reasons were given, the incident concerning Norhizam’s treatment of residents was unacceptable, especially for an elected representative who was supposed to look after the welfare of the people.

He said this is not the first time Norhizam’s behaviour had come under the spotlight. He had previously trespassed a fertiliser store in Sungai Rambai.

“Previously I said that the exco should be dropped, but the chief minister (Adly Zahari) continued to defend him. Eventually, the people of Melaka themselves see that the state government’s slogan that talks about integrity is meaningless. In fact, it is mere rhetoric.

“I find that if no action is taken, such a problem will be repeated,” he said in a statement, here, today.

Norhizam was recently caught on video raising his voice as he argued with residents in Taman Akasia, Kampung Nibong. It happened before a dialogue on the closure of a shortcut between Taman Akasia and Taman Kerjasama.

A group of residents had urged Norhizam to explain the rationale for closing the shortcut.

Residents from Taman Akasia wanted the link closed after a spate of accidents and motorcycle thefts in the area.

Yesterday, Norhizam and Adly apologised for the incident.

Meanwhile, Adly said it was not necessary 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 meets the people almost every day to resolve problems, it’s just that the approach used (should be improved),” he said.