Swearing in of 10 councillors delayed

Here you go: Ahmad Zaharin (third from right) receiving the key for the mortuary van from Mohd Redza during a simple ceremony outside the council’s headquarters.

A scheduled swearing-in ceremony for 10 PKR councillors at the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) fullboard meeting has been postponed as they had not received their appointment letters from the state government.

The council, however, had received a letter from the State Economic Planning Unit (Upen) with the names of the 10 councillors prompting them to organise the event.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said they wanted to hold the ceremonyearlier so that the new councillors could begin their duties at once.

“We will wait for the official letter from the state government to hold the ceremony,” he said after the council’s first fullboard meeting this year.

During the meeting, the council unanimously decided to temporarily halt the rental increase for Darul Ehsan Medical Centre carpark in Seksyen 14.

The carpark land measures 0.875ha and the current rental fee stands at RM18,852 a month.

Initially, the council was asked to consider a 25% hike (to RM23,600) in rental for the operators of the car park but they decided the hike was too high and urged MBSA to reconsider the proposal.

A decision was also made to reward prompt taxpayers as well provide incentives for MBSA officers who manage to collect overdue taxes.

Presently those who pay over a year’s tax in advance instead of half-yearly are given golf umbrellas as gifts.

Councillors suggested another lucky draw be held following last year’s Pay and Win Assessment Tax Contest which offered cars as prizes, among others.

“We will definitely look into it,” said Ahmad Zaharin.

MBSA also received a mortuary van for Muslims from Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd worth RM90,000

Bank Muamalat’s chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Reza Shah Abdul Wahid said they wanted to donate the van to a local council instead of a mosque as it would have a bigger reach.

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