Abd Latif quits as Johor exco, pays RM2 million bail

Ahmad Fairuz Othman and Halim Said

JOHOR BARU: Datuk Abd Latif Bandi has resigned as Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman.

This was done on the same day he posted a bail of RM2 million for the court charge that saw him slapped with 33 counts of abetment in receiving bribes in a real estate corruption scandal.

Latif's resignation as exco member was made known through his lawyer Datuk Hasnal Rezua Merican today.

"My client made known his resignation as a state exco member via a statement issued by the Adzly & Co. law firm today.

"The resignation is related to his position as exco member and has nothing to do with his status as an assemblyman. He remains an assemblyman," said Hasnal, who is one of six lawyers representing Latif.

Latif was released on bail about 2.30pm today after paying the RM2 million sum that was set by the Johor Baru Sessions Court during his charge yesterday.

He had posted bail at the Johor Baru Court Complex.

He had been held at the remand centre in Ulu Choh since yesterday after failijg to pay the bail set by Sessions Court Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nazir.