Raring to go: (From left) New PKR appointees include Mustafa Kamal Othman, returning PAS and PKR appoin tees Mohamad Azizul Abu Bakar and Gunarajah R. George (second and third from left), Asri Buang, Amir Fazlee Khalid and Zulnizam Shahrani. On Mohd Azizi’s righ t are DAP council whip Lim Ching How, youngest MPS councillor Chua Wei Kiat, DAP appointee Yew Jia Haur and Faridah Abd Karim.
SELAYANG Municipal Council (MPS) swore in its second batch of eight councillors, comprising one PAS and seven PKR appointees.
Together with the nine councillors sworn in last week, Selayang now has 17 councillors, with another seven seats still empty.
“Originally we were supposed to have 10 councillors in the first batch, but one PAS appointee declined his post,” said MPS council president Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.
The second batch of appointees sees several new faces, such as the youngest councillor Chua Wei Kiat, a former assistant to Selayang MP William Leong.
Chua, 25, said he looked forward to providing Selayang youths with a platform to express themselves.
Acting PKR council whip Gunarajah R. George said all 17 councillors’ zones would be determined next week.
With the second round of
councillors sworn in, Mohd Azizi said they could start work in earnest, especially since there were enough councillors to handle the technical committees.
“We can also have a proper full board meeting this month,” he added.
An issue Mohd Azizi raised during his speech at the swearing-in ceremony was the Malaysian Road Records Information System allocation to fund the development of roads in Selayang.
The Selangor government allocates RM3mil to each assemblyman, and Selayang has five assemblymen.
“Additionally, there is an allocation based on road distance, which comes up to RM5.9mil,” said Mohd Azizi.
Council members, he said, would need to discuss among themselves which roads and areas to improve and develop first, and be proactive about their different zones’ transport needs.