PKR's Chuah assemblyman says prerogative of Pakatan reps to choose local councillors


SEREMBAN: PKR's Chuah assemblyman Michael Yek Diew Ching is upset that he was neither told nor consulted on the appointment of one of three local councillors from his constituency to sit in the Port Dickson Municipal Council (MPPD).

The first term assemblyman is also unhappy that the local councillor he had proposed for one zone was moved to another without his knowledge.

"Three individuals are appointed from Chuah to sit in the MPPD to cover the Tanah Merah, Chuah and Bukit Pelandok zones.

"I had recommended Ee Chai Hoon to look after Bukit Pelandok and Shahril Hasmi Iris to cover Chuah town and an Indian candidate for Tanah Merah.

"Sadly, there is no Indian councillor from my constituency now and Shahril has been assigned to cover Tanah Merah instead of Chuah zone," he said.

Yek said Ahmad Nadzri Ismail, who was related to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun, has since been appointed to cover Chuah zone.

He said it should be the prerogative of Pakatan Harapan assemblymen to choose the local councillors and Village Community Management Councils (MPKK) for their constituency to ensure the people were well served.

"If a local councillor is appointed in my area without my knowledge, it can always work to my disadvantage," he said, adding that party divisions should not have the "privilege" of deciding on the final list of councillors.

Yek also claimed that he had asked for the final list of local councillors to represent his constituency but was never given one until he learnt of their appointments through his contacts.

Chuah is a state seat under the Port Dickson parliamentary constituency.

When contacted, Telok Kemang (Port Dickson) division PKR chief Datuk M. Ravi said it was a normal practice to allow the party's assemblymen to pick the majority of the local councillors and all MPKK chiefs.

"But a division chief, after consultations with other heads from Pakatan Harapan, is allowed to pick councillors to sit in the MPPD council.

"This is because the individual can also be appointed to sit in committees which will look into areas such as tourism, infrastructure, licensing and public properties for the whole of Port Dickson.

"He will not be left to cover his or her zone alone," he said, adding that four Indian councillors have also been nominated to sit in the MPPD.

Ravi, who is also state assembly Deputy Speaker, said the division chiefs of PKR, Amanah and DAP had collectively decided to nominate Ahmad Nadzri to cover the Chuah zone not only because he lived there, but had performed commendably when he was in a committee to improve tourism in the whole of Port Dickson.

"Ahmad Nadzri, who is a representative from a non-governmental organisation, is an ideal candidate for the Chuah zone as he has the experience to promote tourism such as homestays there," he added.

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