Likeable PJ councillor removed, residents shocked

(from left) Nor Azmi Abdul Kadir, 47, Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain and deputy mayor Johary Annuar.

(from left) Nor Azmi Abdul Kadir, 47, Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain and deputy mayor Johary Annuar.

THERE is just four months left until the tenure of all councillors in Selangor ends, but that didn't prevent one Petaling Jaya councillor from having his position replaced by a new councillor starting today.

Shatiri Mansor, served the PJU 4 and PJU 5 neighbourhood, got his termination notice from the State in a letter dated July 31.

He has been replaced by Nor Azmi Abdul Kadir, 47, (left in pic below) who was sworn in today afternoon in front of Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain at his office at the PJ City Council headquarters.

A resident representative said the terminated councillor was hardworking and liked by residents. 

Friends of Kota Damansara chairman Jeffrey Phang said the decision to terminate Shatiri came as a shock to the residents.

“We had lousy councillors in the past and they were retained. Shatiri was the only one we all could work well with and we want to know why his service is terminated.

(from left) The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Department of Solid Waste and Public Cleanliness director Lee Lih Shyan, MBPJ deputy mayor Johary Anuar, Kampung Selamat village head Roslan Ab. Ghani and MBPJ councillor Shatiri Mansor visited Kampung Selamat to witness the progress of the villagers green initiatives last year. -Filepic

“In fact, he was the only one who fostered good relationships with all resident association leaders in our area. He made sure all the residents groups applied for the Petaling Jaya Neighbourhood Safety Team Programme, which enabled residents to get RM6,000 for their security activities.

“We were pleased by his service, and we are still in shock over the termination of his tenure,” said Phang.

Mayor said the appointment and termination of councillors is always done by the state and the council would just adheres to the States decision.

The decision to terminate the councillor and replace with a new person was by the party the councillor represented, which was PKR, said the State Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Ean did not comment further on the issue.

StarMetro could not reach Shatiri for comments.

Petaling Jaya City Council confirmed that based on a letter received by the council from the State yesterday, Shatiri’s termination date was effective on July 31. 

However, according to a source, Shatiri was only informed of his termination yesterday.

“He attended the PJ Sustainable Community Award 2017 launch held at the Curve, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya last Sunday. I think he was still unaware that his tenure has ended,” said the source.

The new councillor Nor Azmi said he studied law and was active with non-governmental organisation such as the Centre For Peace Initiative in his younger days.

He is now a research consultant. He said he was passionate over issues related to corporate governance and transparency.

“I hope as a councillor I will be able to work towards providing better quality of life to the public,” he said.