THE shortage of women willing to come forward and hold public office still besets Penang.
There are only nine women nominees, filling 19% of the city councillor positions this year, instead of the targeted 30%.
State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said out of the 48 councillors appointed for both Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), all of the nine women nominees were appointed.
“We would like at least 30% representation of women in all sections and departments, in line with the government’s aim to ensure more women take part in decision-making.
“However, only five women have been appointed as MBPP councillors and four women as MBSP councillors.
“The percentage of youths in both city councils are at 8%. The selection represents people of all walks of life, racial background and experience.
“Each city council has 24 councillors.
“There are 19 new faces in the lineup, 11 of whom are in MBPP and eight in MBSP, ” he said during a press conference held by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at his office in Komtar last Wednesday.
On the composition of political party and civil society representation in the MBPP councillors’ lineup, Jagdeep said nine are from DAP, seven from PKR, two from Amanah, two from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and four from NGOs.
MBSP has nine from DAP, eight from PKR, two from Amanah, two from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and three from NGOs.
“All those appointed fulfil the criteria as set out under Section 10 of the Local Government Act 1976.
“They comprise experienced professionals such as lawyers, engineers, lecturers, company directors and other professionals.
“Additionally, we have sent their particulars to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Insolvency Department and police for security filter, ” he said.
Jagdeep said seven of the councillors reappointed in both councils have served for more than five years, including two who have served for 11 years, ” he added.
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