GEORGE TOWN, Nov 7 – The DAP breached its principles of competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) by sacking state PAS treasurer Iszuree Ibrahim from a permanent committee of the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) . Penang opposition chief Datuk Jahara Hamid said this during the question- and-answer session at the State Legislative Assembly here Friday.
She said never before had any council member been stripped of his position and his allowances terminated without being given a chance to defend himself. “This is a travesty of justice, because he was punished without being given a chance to defend himself. “Is this the CAT principle that the government practises? Before this, the state government had harped on freedom of speech, but in Iszuree’s case, it is obvious that it was not applied.
“The action appears to be a punishment to shut his mouth,” she said in submitting a question on MPPP’s procedures in appointing and dismissing its permanent committee members. Iszuree had allegedly chided the Penang state government on its housing police in his speech at PAS’ 60th Muktamar (general assembly) in Batu Pahat, Johor, last September.
Meanwhile, state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation chairman, Chow Kon Yeow said in response to the question on Iszuree, that his dismissal was based on Pakatan Rakyat’s CAT. He said council members were appointed by the state administration and thus had the jurisdiction to dismiss and terminate their allowances.
“Iszuree Ibrahim has not been dismissed from his position as an MPPP member,” he said. Chow said Iszuree should have used his position in the MPPP as a platform to present his views rather than voice them out at PAS’ general assembly. “Iszuree was talking about development. So why did he not use his position as an MPPP member to express it during the council meeting. Why did he present it at the party general assembly. Who can provide him the answer if he brings up state development issues in the party’s congress,” he said.