KLANG Municipal Council (MPK) will get a new president next month and two candidates, in their 40s, are being considered for the post.
Young professionals who are willing to listen to the people’s grouses while providing constructive and innovative ideas are among the criteria being looked at.
Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin, who served as MPK president for two terms, was transferred to the Public Services Department in mid-November last year.
Speculation is rife that Klang District and Land Office chief assistant district officer (ADO) Mohd Shahrizal Mohd Salleh, 40, and Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS) president Shukri Mohamad Hamin, 47, are being considered for the post.
Both are born and bred in Klang.
It is learned that the two are among five potential candidates and the announcement on the new MPK president will be made by the middle of next month.
Mohd Shahrizal is well known in political circles and among civil servants as he had served as chief private secretary to then Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Amzin Ali from 2016 to 2018.
He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Petronas in 2003, and worked with an oil and gas company as an executive engineer in Terengganu.
In 2004, Mohd Shahrizal entered the civil service at the Selangor State Secretariat, giving him exposure in various aspects of administrative matters.
He also served at the Selangor Islamic Religious Council as Organi-sational Development sector head.
Well-versed in land matters, Mohd Shahrizal has been with the Klang District and Land Office since 2018, giving him the opportunity to work closely with various departments in MPK.
Since December 2019, the Bukit Naga native had been seen attending MPK’s full board meetings as an observer and taking keen interest in various issues.
Meanwhile, Shukri, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, is a Universiti Teknologi Malaysia graduate in Administration and Land Development.
Before being appointed as MDHS president in July 2018, Shukri from Kampung Batu Belah, had served as Shah Alam City Council’s secretary for three years from July 2015.
Shukri is known for his friendly and adventurous personality that has seen him taking part in marathons and mountain-climbing expeditions.
His civil service career includes the post of assistant district officer (ADO) at the Gombak District and Land Office in June 2003 before going to serve as administration officer at Kuala Langat District and Land Office in October 2005.
Shukri once commented that these postings at district offices and MBSA were a steep learning curve that gave him extensive knowledge of land issues.
With experience in administration and land matters, Shukri was promoted to assistant secretary (Administration) in the Selangor State Secretariat in April 2006.
He had also served as the chief ADO in charge of development at the Kuala Selangor District and Land Office in 2007 and Petaling District and Land Office from December 2012 until 2015.
Sungai Udang village head Syed Putera Syed Mokhtar, 53, said Klang folk wanted a president who would be able to listen to the people’s views and resolve issues that range from collection of domestic rubbish and flash floods to potholes and public transport.
Taman Bayu Perdana Residents Association vice-chairman
G. Mohan said the new MPK president must have a strict demeanour to ensure that council employees get the work done, especially the field supervisors in charge of cleanliness, grass cutting and drain desludging.
“We want basic matters attended to. It is good to have a president who is born and bred in Klang as he would better understand the town’s issues, ” he added.