NEWLY sworn-in Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail said the council would strive to improve the quality of its services and management with emphasis on outcome-based administration.
Mindful that the elevation to city status was a long-awaited recognition which brought with it high expectations and greater challenges, Patahiyah said the council would work towards fulfilling the aspirations of taxpayers.
“The declaration of the MBPP as a city council and my appointment as mayor is a historic moment.
“We will continue to deliver efficient and effective services to bring about improvements in safety, cleanliness, greening efforts and health,” she said in her first address to the council members and heads of departments at the City Hall at the Esplanade yesterday.
Earlier, at the Anjung Mutiara in Seri Mutiara, Patahiyah was sworn in before Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
The ceremony began with the singing of the national and state anthems.
Then, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government secretary-general Datuk Seri Arpah Abdul Razak handed Abdul Rahman the proclamation by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on March 10 declaring the elevation of the MBPP from the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) effective from Jan 1 this year.
After this was read out by Abdul Rahman, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced Patahiyah’s appointment by the state government and Abdul Rahman handed her the appointment letter.
Patahiyah, garbed in a blue mayor’s robe with gold lace trimming, then took her oath of office and was presented with the Chain of the Office and cokmar (mace).
Met by pressmen after the ceremony, Patahiyah said she felt happy but was aware that her appointment was a huge responsibility which needed to be carried out well.
Patahiyah, who was also the first woman to be appointed MPPP president in 2010, is the first mayor of MBPP.
George Town became the first city in the country in 1957 but it lost the status when the George Town City Council merged with the Penang Rural District Council to become MPPP in the 1970s.
There were four mayors during the time of the George Town City Council.
They were Goh Guan Ho, D.S. Ramanathan, C.Y. Choy and Ooi Theam Siew.