Six newbies join council

Welcome aboard: (From left) Maimunah sharing a light moment with the six newly appointed MPSP councillors Zaini, Amir, Dahalan, Tiagarajen, Mohd Sharmizan and Siti Nur Shazreen after the swearing-in ceremony in Bukit Mertajam.

SIX new faces were among the 24 Seberang Prai municipal councillors sworn in for the 2015 term in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

The new MPSP councillors are communication executive Siti Nur Shazreen Mohd Jilani, 31, and Bagan Dalam JKKK chairman A. Tiagarajen, (both DAP appointees); traffic safety officer Zaini Awang, 54, businessman Amir Md Ghazali, 43, and clerk Mohd Sharmizan Mohamad Nor, 33 (PKR); and landscape and heritage negotiator Dahalan Fazil, 57 (PAS).

The six replaced Rezal Huzairi Md Zaki, Ahmad Kaswan Kassim, S.M. Chandrasekaran, Abdul Jalil Che Ros, Chong Pei Pei and Zulkiefly Saad.

The 18 councillors retained are Omar Hassan, Ong Eu Leong, Ho Leng Hong, Shafiqah Shoba Abdullah, Mohd Rizal Abd Hamid, Rajasegar Govindasamy, Zulkifli Ibrahim, P. David Marshel, H’ng Mooi Lye, Loh Joo Huat, Mohamad Shaipol Ismail, M. Satees, Tan Chee Teong, Tan Cheong Heng, Tan Chong Hee, Tiun Ting Ta, Wong Chee Keet and Ahmad Tarmizi Abdullah.

The 24-man team comprises 10 representing DAP, nine PKR representatives, two PAS representatives and three representing NGOs.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who witnessed the swearing-in ceremony yesterday, said the council won several major awards last year, among them was the ISO50001:2011 Energy and Management Systems certification by Sirim in recognition of the council’s efforts in reducing usage and consumption of electricity.

“MPSP was the first to receive the certification awarded only to organisations and local authorities.”

Lim also praised MPSP for receiving the Best City award while its president Maimunah Mohd Sharif won the Best Municipal Manager award by the Europe Business Assembly (EBA).

Maimunah said the new team of councillors would work together to realise the council’s Five Year Strategy Plan (2014-2018).

“They will also assist in the council’s administrative works to achieve international standards of service,” she said.

She said MPSP obtained the 5S/QEMS (Quality Environment Management System) certification on Dec 3.

“MPSP began efforts to obtain the 5S certification in 2004, and after 10 years of hard work, we finally got it.

“The implementation of the 5S practice will develop positive attitude and discipline within the work environment thus increasing productivity and work quality through effective and cost-efficient administrative work,” she said.

At the swearing in ceremony yesterday, MPSP initiated its 2015 Focus programme where attention this year is on cleanliness, safety and traffic, law enforcement, flood mitigation, landscaping and greenery, work process excellence and community involvement.

For the 2015 Focus, 44 programmes and 129 activities have been planned.

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