No dice, council tells PAS leader

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  • Friday, 27 Nov 2015

GEORGE TOWN: A police report has been lodged against state PAS secretary Iszuree Ibrahim for alleging that the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) had issued licences for gambling premises here.

Iszuree, a former councillor with the then Penang Municipal Council (MPPP), is alleged to have said in an article in a Malay daily on Wednesday, that he was removed from the council because he had enquired about the alleged approval of gambling house licences by MPPP.

MBPP councillor Ahmad Azrizal Tahir said the statements by Iszuree in the article were defamatory and malicious as the council only issued business premises licences.

“The Finance Ministry is in charge of issuing gambling licences.

“According to our records, no applications for gambling licences were received by MPPP in 2014, and the council had never processed any such applications.

“Iszuree claimed that he was removed, when in fact his service was not renewed at the end of the year,” Ahmad Azrizal said after lodging the report at the state police district headquarters in Jalan Patani yesterday.

Iszuree’s application to challenge his dismissal from three MPPP standing committees and as a local councillor is still pending in the High Court here.

MBPP Licensing and Public Health Standing Committee alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong said that the MBPP does not have the power to issue gambling house licences.

“As a former councillor, he should have known that gambling licences do not come under our jurisdiction,” he said after the MBPP full council meeting here yesterday.

In the meeting yesterday, Ahmad Azrizal had proposed that the MBPP condemn and pursue legal action against the allegations.

All the 23 councillors present approved the proposal.

When contacted, Iszuree claimed that he was misquoted by the daily, as he was referring to the activity of unlicensed cyber gambling premises which need to be curbed.

“I already contacted the daily on Wednesday morning to publish a correction or I will consider legal action.”

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed that the report has been lodged.

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