Don’t abuse position, councillors warned

Zulkefli (right) delivering his speech at the swearing-in ceremony for 16 councillors for the 2021-2022 term. The ceremony which was held at Menara MPKj, Kajang, was also streamed virtually.

COUNCILLORS, be they new faces or reappointed, should extend their full cooperation to Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and ensure they do not abuse or take advantage of their position.

MPKj president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid said councillors played several important roles.

“They monitor council staff to ensure their duties are carried out effectively, efficiently and responsibly as well as create awareness among local residents to fulfil their obligations and give their support to MPKj.

“Councillors should also be aware of public needs and interests as well as contribute their skills and ideas to MPKj so we can improve our services, ” he said in his speech after the swearing-in of councillors for the 2021-2022 term.

Seven new candidates were sworn in, with four from PKR — Ahmad Shakir Mohamad Said, 56, Fizura Hanim Omar, 37, Siti Razimi A. Razak, 50, and Ramachandran Arjenan, 27.

The DAP candidates are Farhan Haziq Mohamed, 32, and Kwan Say Hong, 31, while Nasar Khan Mirbas Khan, 62, is from Amanah.

In addition, nine reappointed councillors were sworn in at the same ceremony held at Menara MPKj, Kajang yesterday.

Also present was MPKj deputy president Mohd Raiz Radzuan.

Those reappointed were: Orang Besar Daerah Hulu Langat Abdul Jalil Abd Rani, Lim Kim Eng, Muhammad Hanafi Jalaludin and Balamurali Govindaraju from PKR; So Lian Kiong, Nor Zulaila Abd Ghani and Sun Kin Wah from DAP; and Samsol Bahari and Mohd Bukhari Bachok from Amanah.

Four more councillors — Ong Seng Peng (PKR, new), Thiagarajah Rajagopal (DAP, reappointed), Khoo Khim Han (DAP, reappointed) and Rawiyiah Zakaria (Amanah, reappointed) — will be sworn in on another day.

Once these four are sworn in, MPKj will have its full quota of 24 councillors, including four others who took their oaths late last year to serve the same two-year term ending Dec 31,2022.

Zulkefli reminded everyone to continue practising vigilance and good hygiene habits amid the spike in Covid-19 cases.

He said a few employees from MPKj’s Engineering and Licensing Departments were under self-quarantine due to suspected positive cases, following a screening exercise conducted on all council staff and officers last week.

Farhan, a practising lawyer with a two-year experience as a Petaling Jaya councillor, looked forward to contributing in his new role as MPKj councillor.

“My experience in PJ will come in useful, although I will need time to understand how MPKj works, its vision, mission and budget, ” said the 32-year-old.

“I will also need to familiarise with issues in my area and will be working very closely with my fellow councillors and Dusun Tua assemblyman Edry Faizal Eddy Yusof.”

While the zoning system for councillors has yet to be decided, Farhan hoped to be assigned to a zone under the Dusun Tua constituency.

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