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Published: Monday November 19, 2012 MYT 7:16:00 PMUpdated: Monday November 19, 2012 MYT 9:12:18 PM
By A. RUBAN
SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim admits he recommended Selayang Municipal Council President Datuk Zainal Abidin A'ala be moved.
"I merely recommended the move but did not ask for him (Dr Zainal Abidin) to be changed to a different department because if a mayor has only a year to serve, I am not going to wait until the last minute to find a successor.
"Besides, I recommended the move way before the controversial 29-storey condominium near Batu Caves came up," he told a press conference on Monday.
Khalid was responding to a statement by the Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa who said that the termination of Zainal Abidin was made after a request from the Selangor government.
"This shows I have the power to appoint or dismiss a mayor.
"I am very happy with this. Now they know the power of appointing a mayor is in the hands of the MB," he quipped.
Dr Ali had said that the Selangor state secretary, in a letter dated Oct 15, had stated that Khalid wanted Zainal Abidin replaced by another officer.
The transfer letter for Zainal Abidin was issued on Nov 9 and said that he was being transferred to the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) effective Nov 15.
Zainal Abidin's sudden transfer sparked a storm of speculation with many linking it to the controversy over the proposed 29-storey condominium project next to Batu Caves, Selangor.
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