Counsel: Court decision may impact local councils nationwide

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  • Saturday, 25 Jul 2015

GEORGE TOWN: Former Penang PAS treasurer Iszuree Ibrahim’s application to challenge his dismissal from three Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) standing committees and as a local councillor will be heard on Sept 9.

Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah fixed the date in chambers.

Present were Iszuree’s counsel Mohd Harris Abdullah, R.S.N. Rayer who is representing the state executive council and the state government, and Dominic Pillai, representing MPPP (now Penang Island City Council).

Rayer later told reporters that the court wanted clarification on issues such as whether a councillor could be removed by the local authority, and whether the state government should give Iszuree the right of hearing.

“We are also supposed to file further submissions, which will be heard on that day,” he said.

Mohd Harris said further written submissions would be done next month.

“The court’s decision is expected to make an impact on local councillors in the country,” he added.

About 30 PAS members and supporters, including Penang PAS commissioner Muhamad Fauzi Yusoff, were present at the High Court yesterday to support Iszuree.

Iszuree filed the suit to challenge his sacking from the council committees on Nov 13, last year, naming the state executive council, MPPP and the Penang government as the first, second and third respondents.

He filed another suit on Jan 9, over his sacking as a municipal councillor.

Iszuree is seeking to nullify the council’s letters on Sept 26 and Sept 29, last year to remove him from the council’s standing committees, freeze his allocations and bar him from attending ad hoc meetings.

He is also seeking an order to set aside the letter issued by the state secretary on Nov 27, last year following the state executive council’s decision a day earlier sacking him as a municipal councillor.

Iszuree is seeking damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court in both applications.

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