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Second uneasy confrontation between Malacca exco and residents

Norhizam was said to be uncouth toward the villagers in a viral video disseminated in social media

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – October 10, 2018: It was the second time he was embroiled in an almost similar controversy since his first one three months ago over his rather uncouth ways of berating the public.

And like the one that had gone viral in social media in August, Malaca state executive councillor Norhizam Hassan Baktee bellowed his standard “Awak tahu saya siapa?” (Do you know who I am?) of a one-liner when confronted.

In the earlier incident, Norhizam appeared displeased that a man had stored fertilisers in what he said was an illegal structure.

The only difference this time was that Norhizam said he would sue the person who uploaded the video –one Hermy Rahim– on Twitter, which was retweeted 11,000 times before spreading over to other social media sites.

The viral video showed Norhizam berating several villagers of Kampung Pulau Nibong over their objection to his plan to close a shortcut, which villagers used to get to a mosque, due to safety concerns by people from a nearby residential area.

In his video response yesterday, Norhizam said he wanted to sue Hermy as he thinks the latter wanted to discredit him because he is “a DAP man”, which Hermy replied on Facebook that he could not care less about his party.

“I am not a sissy and wouldn’t kowtow to tactics used by my foes to paint a negative picture that I’m rowdy and loudmouth. I will continue to be a Hulk if my constituents are bullied,” said Norhizam, the Pengkalan Batu assemblyman.

Hermy’s response Norhizam’s video was this: “The real issue now is that, why do you have to be so rude? I will fight him to the depths of hell if that is what he wants.”

The Malacca government today apologised to the villagers over the commotion, with Chief Minister Adly Zahari explaining that the matter should have been handled by the local council instead of an exco. Norhizam is in charge of the state’s agriculture, entrepreneur development and agro-based industries.

 

 

 

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