Speculation arises as end of MPK chief's term approaches

Klang Municipal Council president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin.

TALK is abuzz over who will take over from Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president after the second-term contract of Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin ends on Nov 16.

Many speculate that Mohamad Yasid, 56, is eager for a transfer to the Public Services Department (PSD), that will later give him a promotion before he retires on August 16,2023.

When StarMetro asked Mohamad Yasid about the transfer, he said; "my contract as council president ends on Nov 16 and at the moment, there is no word or letter from the state secretary (Datuk Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya). If there is no letter, I will have to report to PSD".

With three weeks to go before the position becomes vacant, hopeful candidates have begun to lobby for the position.

According to a Selangor government officer, the new candidate must have knowledge of land matters.

"Other than the aptitude and qualifications, the person must have worked at the district land office or served at the Selangor Lands and Mines Office at the State Secretariat Building," she added.

Mohamad Yasid has had his share of controversies, namely in April 2018 when he announced the closure of Lorong Perbandaran, a busy slip road, with many objecting to the decision.

The time-controlled closure of the road is still being discussed on WhatsApp neighbourhood group chats as traffic has worsened along Jalan Raya Barat outside the Kuan Yin Buddhist temple heading towards the Simpang Tujuh roundabout.

Mohamad Yasid has not entertained requests to fully reopen the road and remains adamant, saying the closure was necessary for security reasons.

Some are hoping that Mohamad Yasid's replacement will be willing to listen to constructive ideas and other woes.

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