SELANGOR Mentri Besar Azmin Ali’s private secretary Datuk Mohd Yazid Bidin, 54, is among a few candidates being considered for the vacant Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president’s post.
A source from the state government said Yazid’s name was submitted to the Public Services Department (PSD) and was expecting its approval in a few weeks.
“This is the first time that a high profile officer from the state secretariat has been identified as a suitable candidate to head MPK. “This shows that the state leadership wants to ensure that Klang which is also the royal town gets the right person to take it to the next level,’’ said the source.
The source said Yazid, who had previously served as private secretary to former Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, was an experienced administrator as he had also served at several district councils earlier.
“He has served as the assistant district officer in Sabak Bernam and district officer in Kuala Selangor,’’ the source said
Prior to becoming the private secretary to Khalid, Yazid was the Selangor state assembly secretary.
The council president’s position fell vacant after its former president Datuk Mohammad Yacob’s service was not extended after serving for two years .
Mohammad who was also known as a disciplinarian among the council staff reported duty to PSD on Sept 2.
It is also learnt that MPK building department director Ahmad Khairi Md Yusof has been appointed acting council president with immediate effect.
Khairi will double-up as the acting president till the new council president takes office.
StarMetro reported yesterday under the heading “A ship without a captain” that the council is in dire need of a new president and secretary.
It reported that with the exit of Datuk Mohammad Yacob as MPK president last week, the municipality is not only left without its secretary but also its head.
Prior to Mohammad’s transfer to the PSD, the council’s Legal Department director Datin Fadzilah Abd Aziz was carrying out the duties of the council secretary following the retirement of Ehsan Mukri early last year.