SEVEN new faces were among the 24 councillors of Penang Island City Council (MBPP) sworn in for 2016 at the City Hall in George Town, Penang.
The new councillors who are DAP appointees are publicity officer Grace Teoh Koon Gee, 48, accounts clerk D. Kala, 45, and Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik’s former parliamentary assistant Wong Yuee Harng, 28.
From PKR, they are assistant Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Penang Shahul Hameed M. K. Mohamed Ishack, 54, and self-employed Ahmad Razaaim Azimi, 33.
From Parti Amanah Negara is publicity officer Saiful Azwan Abd Malek, 38 (Parti Amanah Negara), while self-employed Gan Ay Ling, 41, is representing a non-governmental organisation.
The seven replace S. Sukumar, Tan Hooi Peng and Dr Tan Kim Hooi of DAP, Lim Boon Beng and Tan Chiew Choon of PKR, and Sha’ari Md Salleh (NGO).
The 17 councillors retained are Goh Choon Keong, Gooi Seong Kin, Harvindar Singh, Joseph Ng Soon Siang, Lee Chun Kit (Chris), Ong Ah Teong, Syerleena Abdul Rashid, Francis Joseph, Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, Nur Zarina Zakaria, A. Kumaresan, Felix Ooi Keat Hin, Ahmad Azrizal Tahir, Mhd Nasir Yahya, Dr Lim Mah Hui, Eric Lim Seng Keat and Mohamed Yusoff Mohamed Noor.
The new MBPP lineup comprises 10 from DAP, eight from PKR, two from Amanah and four from NGOs.
The tenure for the councillors is from Jan 1 until Dec 31.
In her speech, MBPP mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail congratulated all the appointed councillors and expressed her confidence that they would be competent in facing any challenge.
State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow also complimented MBPP on its success in getting various awards at the state, national and international levels.
The awards include third place at the 5th Korean Open Busan International Dragon Boat Festival.
MBPP also received best website award for municipal parks at the Tourism Promotional Organisation (TPO) for Asia Pacific Cities in Sanya, China last May.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was also present, emphasised the importance of discipline following an incident where two MBPP workers were nabbed last month for alleged involvement in drug trafficking.