JOHOR BARU: Datuk Abd Latif Bandi has tendered his resignation as a Johor executive council member, a day after he was charged with corruption at the Sessions Court here.
Latif, 51, announced this in a statement issued today through one of his lawyer's firm.
"I thank His Royal Highness the Sultan of Johor and Johor Menteri Besar for giving me the trust throughout my service as a member of the Johor government administration.
"Following the charge against me at the Johor Baru Sessions Court yesterday, I hereby take upon the responsibility to resign as the Johor Housing and Local Government Exco.
"I wish to thank my family members, friends, fellow exco members, Mersing folk and non-governmental organisations and people of various races who supported me as I go through this legal process fairly," said Latif.
He also thanked all department heads and staff who worked under his portfolio, and urged everyone to pray that he and his family will make it through the tough period.
Earlier, his lawyer Datuk Hasnal Rezua Merican said: "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 failing to pay the bail set by Sessions Court Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nazir.
Yesterday, Latif claimed trial to 33 charges of abetment with property consultant Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, 44, in receiving receiving a total of RM30.3 million in bribes for a period between 2013 and last year.
The offences were related to obtaining approval to release Bumiputera house lots and to obtain reduction of payments to the Johor State Housing Fund for certain house projects.
Amir Sharifuddin paid the RM2 million bail set by the court yesterday.