Selangor to appoint 288 new councillors next Saturday

Selangor to appoint 288 new councillors by next Saturday. Under the new line-up quota, PKR would get 103 seats, DAP 98 and PAS 78.

The announcement on the new councillor line-up in Selangor's 12 local authorities will be carried out as scheduled and all 288 councillors would be appointed effectively by next Saturday.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said they have decided this at their exco meeting last week.

"The list of councillors would be announced before the date and those picked would be appointed by Jan 16," he said after launching the Selangor Smart Bus in Ampang.

 When asked on the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) representation in each of the 12 local councils and the list of two candidates for each that would be submitted to him, Azmin played down the issue.

 He said it was a “non-issue”

"The issue has been discussed and I believe the state government will take into consideration the participation of all political parties," he said.

 Amanah chairman Izham Hashim was quoted in a local daily recently saying it was keen to see two of the party's representatives in each local authority.

"The number would make up less than 10% of the 288 councillors and the other parties can have 30% of the quota each," he said.

 Izham also said Azmin had agreed to include Amanah members in the  councillors' list.

 Meanwhile, a source said more than 50% of the DAP councillors would be new faces.

 The source said some councillors had decided not to stand for another term, while others were made up of those who had completed two terms with the local authorities.

 PAS and DAP have an agreement that councillors under their banner can only serve for two terms while PKR councillors serve only one term.

The 288 local councillors are made up of 120 representatives from PKR, 92 for DAP, 67 for PAS, and nine for the Orang Besar Daerah.

PKR, DAP and PAS recently revised their quota for the councillor posts with PKR relinquished 17 positions for the other parties.

 Under the new quota, PKR would get 103 seats, 98 for DAP and 78 for PAS.

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