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Monday May 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday May 25, 2013 MYT 2:41:36 PM
by ivan loh
NEWLY appointed state executive council members are all raring to serve.
Coming from various professional backgrounds, each exco member hoped to bring changes to the community and to help develop the state further.
State Youth, Sports, Communi-cation and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya said his stint as political secretary to Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during the latter’s tenure as Defence Minister, was good to help him assist Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir to govern the state.
“Together with Dr Zambry’s leadership, we can bring more development to the state.
Shahrul Zaman, a first term Rungkup assemblyman, also said while the “old guards” would bring with them an abundance of experiences, the new faces were more aggressive and could churn out fresh ideas.
First term Batu Kurau assemblyman Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria, got what he hoped for as he was given the responsibility to oversee education matters.
The state Education, Science, Environmental and Green Techno-logy Committee chairman said he looked forward to working closely with educationists in the state.
“As the former director of Kolej Professional Mara in Ayer Molek in Malacca, my speciality is in education.
“I can use my experience for the betterment of the state’s education. I will also take the other portfolios as a challenge,” he said.
Appointed as the state Health, Tourism and Cultural Committee chairman Tualang Sekah assemblyman Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said the portfolios were new to her, but she would do her best to assist Dr Zambry to govern the state.
The two-term assemblyman said she would take up her appointment as a challenge.
Nolee Ashilin, an accountant by profession, said it was also a recognition of women by having two in the line-up, including Behrang assemblyman Datuk Rusnah Kassim who chairs the Women Develop-ment, Family, Community Welfare and National Integration Commit-tee.
“Even if it is still below the 30% quota for women to be included as decision makers, it still proves to be a good mandate for women.
“Hopefully we can get three female exco members next term,” said Nolee Ashilin whose father Datuk Radzi Manan had also served as a Perak state exco in the past.
Meanwhile, Kota Tampan assemblyman Datuk Saarani Mohamad, who was retained as an exco member, said he would continue to work to realise the state’s Perak Amanjaya development blueprint to fruition.
“As one of the excos who had worked with Dr Zambry, it is my task to help bring more development to the state.
“We will also work to bring people together and be united,” said Saarani, who is now the state Rural Development, Plantation, Agricult-ure, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman.
On his reappointment, Kamunting assemblyman Datuk Mohd Zahir Abdul Khalid said he would give full commitment to turn the Perak Amanjaya blueprint into a reality.
Mohd Zahir, who is now the state Industry, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman said he was looking forward to working with the new line-up.
Among other appointees included Belanja assemblyman Mohd Nizar Zakaria (Islamic Education, Person-ality Development, Entrepre-
neur Development and Cooperative Committee) and Ayer Kuning assemblyman Datuk Samsudin Abu Hassan (Consumer Affairs, Human Resources and Civil Society (Non-Governmental Organisation) Committee).
Sungai Manik assemblyman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin now chairs the Public Facilities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water Committee while Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir chairs the Religion, Finance, Security, Land, Natural Resources, Economic Planning, Public Transport and Non-Islamic Affairs Committee.
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