Challenges ahead for exco members


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020

JOHOR BARU: Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad has revealed his state executive council line-up dubbed “Prosperous Johor” which includes six new faces.

The new state exco for Johor saw 10 positions divided between Umno (four), Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (four), MIC (one) and one independent.

The councillors were sworn in before Johor Ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar at Istana Bukit Serene.

Among the new faces from Umno are Datuk Samsolbari Jamali (agriculture, agro-based and rural development committee chairman), Ayub Jamil (housing and local government committee chairman), Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi (tourism, youth and sports committee chairman), and Zaiton Ismail (women development, family and community committee chairman).

Mohd Izhar is the investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resource committee chairman.Mohd Izhar is the investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resource committee chairman.

Mohd Izhar Ahmad, who is from Bersatu, will helm the state investment, entrepreneurship development, cooperatives and human resource committee while independent Dr Chong Fat Full, formerly of PKR, takes on the unity, trade and consumer affairs committee portfolio.

The remaining four members are State MIC chairman and Kahang assemblyman R. Vidyanathan, who was appointed health and environment committee chairman, Johor Bersatu chairman and Puteri Wangsa assemblyman Mazlan Bujang (education, information, heritage and culture committee chairman), Tenang assemblyman Mohd Solihan Badri (works, transport and infrastructure committee chairman) and Bukit Permai assemblyman Tosrin Jarvanthi (Islamic affairs committee chairman).

All four had previously served as excos during the administration of Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Datuk Osman Sapian and Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal.

Ayub is the state housing and local government committee chairman. — Photos by THOMAS YONG/The StarAyub is the state housing and local government committee chairman. — Photos by THOMAS YONG/The Star

Hasni told reporters that he had named his team of councillors as Prosperous Johor (Makmur Johor).

“These executive committee members received His Majesty’s approval. They want to contribute to Johor and work together with me to steer the state.

“Enough with the politics and fighting, as one thing for sure is all of us want the best for the state, ” said Hasni, who will also be holding the natural resources, administration, finance, as well as the economic planning and development portfolios.

StarMetro spoke to some of the newcomers to find out their plans.

Zaiton takes on the women development, family and community portfolio.Zaiton takes on the women development, family and community portfolio.

Samsolbari, who is Semarang assemblyman, said it was a new challenge for him.

“I had the experience of being the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board chairman, which will help me in my new role.

“My target is to increase the state’s agriculture value, and will come up with programmes that can benefit and improve our local farmers, ” he added.

Layang-Layang assemblyman Onn Hafiz said that he would be focusing on the Visit Johor 2020 and the Malaysia Games (Sukma), which the state would be hosting in July.

Layang-Layang assemblyman Onn Hafiz is the tourism, youth and sports committee chairman.Layang-Layang assemblyman Onn Hafiz is the tourism, youth and sports committee chairman.

“I need to hit the ground running as soon as possible as the state’s pride is at stake.

“With the Covid-19 already affecting Johor tourism sector, I will need to discuss with Hasni and relevant agencies to see what we can do to overcome the situation, ” he said.

Larkin assemblyman Mohd Izhar said that he aimed to increase both domestic and foreign investments into Johor as the sector was also affected by the Covid-19.

“We have to make positive and relevant changes in our state and we must understand that Covid-19 has impacted our economy.

“I need to focus on making local businesses and investors competitive, ” he added.

Dr Chong is the state unity, trade and consumers affairs committee chairman.Dr Chong is the state unity, trade and consumers affairs committee chairman.

Dr Chong, who is Pemanis assemblyman and the first independent to be a state exco member, said that he relished challenges and would do his best in the role entrusted to him.

“My fellow exco members have given me encouragement, urging me to fight on.

“In due time, I hope to prove that I made the right decision (to leave PKR) and silence my critics, ” he added.

Sungai Balang assemblyman Zaiton said she was still surprised over her appointment to the state executive committee.

Samsolbari is the new agriculture, agro-based and rural development committee chairman.Samsolbari is the new agriculture, agro-based and rural development committee chairman.

“Currently, there are things that I would like to touch upon such as women’s affairs but I would prefer to take a closer look at the situation and get advice from Hasni first, ” she said.

Rengit assemblyman Ayub expressed gratitude for the opportunity given and promised to do his best in the portfolio.

“I started my career in politics when I was 25 years old, now I am 61 and have just been selected as an exco member, which is a great challenge and even greater since the portfolio is important.

“I do have some expertise on the matter but at the same time I have also been meeting with a lot of experts just to gather more knowledge, ” he said, adding that he had a plan to help the B40 and M40 group buy their first home.

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