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It’s Johari Kassim’s Turn Now (The PKR Donkey) June 18, 2009

Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, Malaysian Politic, Transformation in PKR.
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Johari Kassim

Johari Kassim

It is Johari Kassim’s turn now after the humiliation exit of Mohamad Fairus Khairudin as Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1.

Johari or better known as Joe Kassim is the Seberang Perai Municipal Council whip. He was former Balik Pulau Umno youth committee member.

Joe has now become the target of certain leaders in PKR Penang who are bent to bring him down due to his arrogance. They also called Joe a donkey and deemed him as power crazy and an ‘enemy within.’

He left Umno following the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy Prime Minister and Umno deputy president and joined PKR.

Joe contested the Teluk Bahang state seat in 1999 and lost to Datuk Seri Hilmi Yahaya. He tried his luck again in Teluk Air Tawar in the 11th General Election and lost.



Being frustrated following his two defeats, Joe did not contest in the March 8, GE. Joe was even frustrated when Pakatan-Rakyat won in Penang and in four other states and he missed the boat to be an elected representative.

Joe is said to be hot-tempered. He was the PKR leader implicated by former state PKR Wanita chief Aminah Abdullah who threatened to slap her during a PKR meeting in Seberang Jaya. Aminah was the independent candidate who made the expose that she was offered money and post by PKR if she withdrew from the Penanti by-election.

Joe has been the main subject of discussion among Penang PKR leaders of late.

He was in the spotlight when he led six other MPSP councilors to boycott the swearing-in ceremony of the new MPSP president Mokhtar Mohd Jait recently.

Joe was adamant that the post should be given to PKR and not a civil servant. He claimed that the understanding was agreed upon in a meeting between PKR and DAP leaders.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 Dr Mansor Osman said that action would be taken against Joe for his action.

Even Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng refused to meet Joe as he deemed Joe’s action as disrespectful and had tarnished the image of the Pakatan-Rakyat state government.

Well Joe, that is the price you have to pay. Your loyalty to Anwar and PKR has become secondary and less important now.

Who’s next after this?



1. PKR - June 19, 2009

Why don’t you write something about PKFZ or the cases presided by the UMNO disciplinary committee but no action by MACC. I think there will be more worms there then anywhere else in the world!

2. Harimau Malaya - June 19, 2009

Johari bukan satu-satunya kaldai dalam pkr..banyak lagi aku tengok kaldai dalam pkr..yang memimpin kaldai yang dipimpimpun kaldai jugak..

3. Bryan Y. Leong - June 19, 2009

I think there are also many donkeys in MCA,Gerakan, MIC, Umno and PPP. It is also the same. Politicians are all for persoanl glory and interests. What do the people like us get? Some cheap thrills and free shows from them.

4. Just the truth - July 7, 2009

I think you are making inaccurate remarks about Joe. I’ve known him for years and I can tell a whole lot stories about him. Do you know that Joe had helped the former residents of Kg Masjid to secure their rights in getting compensation from a developer, by pressuring the DAP led state government to pay attention to that issue? It was his preserverance that finally took the state government into task (the DAP led state government had played a double game before). It is only after his direct involvement that the matter had finally been resolved. Joe is not hot-tempered. It is his style in getting messages accross. Those who do not know him will say he is arrogant but it is totally opposite of what Joe’s character is. He is firm in his words and disciplined, even so when dealing with his siblings. He stands by his principles and it was this that the DAP is not happy about, I guess. I’m a living eye witness when Joe fired a salvo at the Penang State Housing Exco for the YB’s reluctance in listening to the residents’ grouses. I’m not involved in politics but I will not hesitate to speak out the truth when situation demands….. and to me and others Johari Kassim is an unsung hero. We love you Joe!

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