Faizal Abdullah, who found himself in the centre of a storm for building a house of which the plan had not been approved by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), has announced his resignation as MPK councillor for the 2006-2008 term.
He said he volunteered to resign after being advised to do so by Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo in a meeting between them Wednesday.
He accepted that he had made a mistake in the matter, which led to much controversy.
“I am not disappointed. It’s no use crying over spilt milk. I accept what I did was wrong,” said the Kapar Umno Youth chief when met here Wednesday night.
Faizal, 35, said he had informed of his intention to resign from the post to Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, Kapar Umno chief Datuk Abdul Rahman Palil and his wife.
Faizal is one of three MPK councillors who are alleged to have failed to submit building plans for their houses that are under construction to the council for approval. The others are Datuk Zakaria Md Deros and Mazlynoor Abdul Latif.
He said he relinquished the post in the interests of the state and its leaders, adding that he abided by the advice of the Menteri Besar whom he respected.
“If we don’t obey the MB, who else do we listen to?,” he said.
Faizal said he viewed what happened logically and that it would reflect badly on him if he continued to remain as MPK councillor.
He has come to regard his poor judgement as a valuable lesson.
He said among the lessons he had learned were not to take things for granted and that building plans had to be submitted whenever a change was made to the original one.
Faizal, who had served five years as MPK councillor, said he had changed the plan and design of the house he had built in Kampung Raja Uda six times during a span of eight to nine months.
Asked whether Dr Mohamad Khir had rewarded him for stepping down as a councillor, he said the Menteri Besar consoled him by saying “you are still young, there may be an opportunity in future for you to be reappointed”.
Faizal said he would be submitting his resignation letter to the Menteri Besar and MPK president Thursday.
“The matter has not been discussed with the State Exco yet. I don’t think there is a need to wait for the Exco meeting,” he said in explaining why he did not take long to decide on the resignation.
Faizal added that his replacement would be nominated at the Kapar Umno division meeting on Friday. — BERNAMA