SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan tearfully kissed the MPSJ badge on his uniform as he clocked out of the office for the final time.
Struggling to hold back tears, Nor Hisham kept his final speech brief and filled with gratitude to his staff members.
“I am not sad. I am just so proud.
“Without dedicated staff members like you, no president would ever be able to achieve anything.
“Although Subang Jaya is the only council I have served in my 37 years of public service, this role has made me a more mature person. I am so grateful to all of you,” he said in his speech at MPSJ headquarters in USJ 5, Subang Jaya.
Retiring from his two-and-half years tenure, Nor Hisham’s departure came as a surprise to his staff as they were only officially informed last Friday evening.
MPSJ deputy president Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali said he and the rest of council staff were struggling to accept his retirement.
“The official letter did not arrive from SUK until last Friday evening, but even at this moment, we still cannot believe he is leaving.
“From 8.30 this morning, he visited every MPSJ department to say goodbye to every employee.
“No MPSJ president has ever done such a thing for us.
“Today is officially his last day on contract and although he was only with us for a short time, his term was a very significant one.
“I will never forget how he always serves the largest slice of kari kepala ikan (curry fish head) onto my plate at dinner functions.
“He guided all of us like a father,” said Zulkurnain.
Capturing the emotions among 1,600 council staff, MPSJ employee representative committee chief Aisamuddin Razali said the council employees would uphold the charismatic president’s legacy in their respective duties.
“It is not easy to find a leader like him.
“He is the only president I know who will cycle around Taipan for site visits and spend time with us in the canteen.
“No matter which leader comes and goes, Datuk will always be in our hearts,” Aisamuddin added.