Haniff Khatri to step down as Perda chair

Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla says he did not resign as soon as the government changed hands so as to ‘not leave a ship without a captain’.

GEORGE TOWN: Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla has announced he will resign as the Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda) chairman this Friday, owing to a new federal government being in place.

“It is due to tradition, ethics and conventions in a democratic society that I’m resigning as chairman.

“I am returning the mandate of the chairmanship to the current government,” he said in a video posted on the Kelab Inspirasiku Mahathir YouTube channel.

Haniff said he did not resign as soon as the government changed hands so as to “not leave a ship without a captain”, saying he wanted to leave only when the federal Cabinet had been installed.

He said he also had several Perda board meetings to attend this week and wanted to end his duties by giving formal notice to them during these meetings.

“I hope what I’m doing can be used as an example by others holding similar positions. But it is up to them to do so,” he said.

Haniff commended Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun for not letting go of his post as his mandate was decreed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and not the prime minister.

Perda was established on June 1, 1983 as an agency to develop Penang, especially the mainland, for the benefit of rural Malays, particularly under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Department.