Melaka flare-up resolved, villagers and assemblyman bury the hatchet

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018

Chairman of Melaka State Executive Council for Agriculture, Entrepreneur Development and Agro-based Industry and also Melaka Pengkalan Batu

MELAKA: The furore over two shortcuts in Bukit Beruang has been resolved amicably after Melaka Agriculture, Entrepreneur Development and Agro-based Committee chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee and representatives of villagers agreed to put aside their differences.

Villagers also invited Norhizam to join them for Friday prayers at Kampung Pulau Nibong to show that they harbour no ill will over the Tuesday (Oct 9) incident.

Village elder Md Derus Tompang, the 58-year-old who was seen having a heated exchange with the Pengkalan Batu assemblyman in a viral video, said the issue is now closed.

“My fellow villagers welcome Norhizam with an open heart and hope netizens don’t continue to criticise anyone,” he said when contacted on Wednesday (Oct 10).

Md Derus also thanked Melaka DAP for arranging the meeting.

“We take it as a bygone issue and open a new chapter in our relationship,” he said.

Norhizam, meanwhile, apologised to the villagers and said he hoped the issue wouldn’t be prolonged.

“I hope the villagers understand that I had no ulterior motives when I arrived to resolve the issue and admit that I raised my voice,” he said.

Melaka DAP chairman Tey Kok Kiew and secretary Khoo Poay Tiong were also at the meeting.

In the viral video, Norhizam was seen in a heated dispute with villagers, and was accused of being uncouth.

Tuesday’s dialogue was arranged after some 600 residents of Taman Akasia demanded that the link connecting Pulau Nibong to Jalan Akasia 4 and Jalan Akasia 7 be closed following a spate of accidents and motorcycle thefts in the residential area.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In Nation

Man gets eight years in jail for molesting minor
Kuih seller charged with murder of Penang cop
MB announces special Hari Raya bonus of at least RM1,000 for S'gor civil servants
Covid-19: Health Ministry projects more than 3,000 daily cases by Hari Raya if SOPs not followed
Children of Nigerian man in detention still pining for their father
Tech lifeline for family business legacies
Firemen to the rescue after fall leaves tap head lodged in teen's abdomen
Adham: Education clusters spike due to more mobilisations during the holidays
Group: School closure should be last resort
Students’ safety a concern as Covid-19 forces Johor schools to close

Stories You'll Enjoy