No reshuffle to Johor exco lineup despite Latif's resignation

Rizalman Hammim

PASIR GUDANG: There will be no reshuffle or new appointments to the current Johor Exco lineup despite the resignation of Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi as the Housing and Local Government Executive Committee chairman.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the current nine-member Exco lineup would be retained until the next general election.

He said Latif's portfolio has been given to Datuk Md Jais Sarday while the latter's portfolio covering Education, Information and Entreprenuer and Cooperative Development has been divided between Health and Environment Executive Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Executive Chairman Ismail Mohamed.

"The state government is also aware that a committee has been formed to strengthen the process for the application, exemption and release of Bumiputera property lots.

"We also know that as a result of this issue, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has reviewed and made suggestions to the state government on how to update the process and procedures," said Khaled.

He was speaking to the media after launching an imCoop outlet in Taman Bukit Dahlia here.

Khaled said Latif would remain as the Endau state assemblyman and would carry out his duties as usual.

He added that the MACC investigation on the property corruption case would not affect the state government's plans for the development of affordable housing for the Bumiputera.

"The state government welcomes the suggestion made by the MACC because they are in line with our aim to bring prosperity to the people.

"As a result of what had happened, the state government will continue to monitor the implementation of the development of affordable housing while implementing any suggestions or improvements," said Khaled.