It’s Johari Kassim’s Turn Now (The PKR Donkey) June 18, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, Malaysian Politic, Transformation in PKR.
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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?