MELAKA: Tuesday’s episode of viral videos is not going to stop Melaka Agriculture, Entrepreneur Development and Agro-based Committee Chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee continuing his confrontational way of resolving issues.
“I am not a sissy and wouldn’t kowtow to tactic used by my foes to paint a negative picture that I’m a rowdy and loudmouth leader,” said Norhizam, who was accused of being uncouth towards the villagers in Bukit Beruang after he was locked in an argument with some of them over a road dispute.
He said he would continue to be a Hulk if his constituents were bullied.
“I need to answer only to my constituents and Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari, as well as party leaders,” he said, when met at a Mamak stall along Jalan Hang Tuah here on Wednesday morning (Oct 10).
Norhizam of the DAP said he would continue to be a “villain” in the eyes of bullies and bigots to defend the rights of the vulnerable and poor.
“I am unfazed by the criticism made by some netizens as they were unaware of what I go through to resolve issues, including facing those who are trapped in the mindset that DAP is an opposition party,” he said.
Norhizam said the villager who asked a barrage of questions during a supposedly peaceful dialogue session was actually an Umno branch leader from Pengkalan Batu.
He said the man worked with a local council here, and he was certain that the man had deliberately created a pandemonium during the meeting to malign his reputation and was the first to spread the videos of him raising his voice.
“I have to admit that I am short-tempered, and the man knew that and how to provoke me,” Norhizam said, adding that some 600 residents of Taman Akasia had sought his help as the shortcut used by villagers attributed to accidents and motorcycle thefts.
“I don’t go and simply pick a fight or to flaunt that I am an executive councillor,” he said, explaining that children’s safety was at risk from speeding motorists.
Norhizam said he experienced the same hostility when he tried to expose an attempt to hoard government-subsidised fertilisers meant for padi farmers at Sungai Rambai in Jasin last month.
“It was the same situation then, when opposition supporters viralled my video, alleging I’m a gangster,” he said, adding that authorities later confirmed the fertiliser bags were illegal stored in a secluded farm.
In the latest issue, Norhizam said the motive for disseminating the video of him and putting him in a bad light was purely political.
“Anyway, I am not going to be cowed and I will continue to be a Hulk if my constituents are bullied,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 58-year-old-man who confronted Norhizam denied he was an Umno man and blamed Norhizam for being uncouth when he just wanted answers on the road closure.
Md Derus Tompang from Kampung Nibong told Sinar Harian that he never anticipated Norhizam would act rudely when he posed questions in a cordial manner.
“We are taking the matter of the road closure to the court,” he was quoted by the daily.
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