FIVE new faces have joined the Shah Alam City Council’s (MBSA) line-up of councillors for the 2021-2022 term.They are Muhammad Izuan Ahmad Kasim, 30, Kumareval Subrayan, 58, Tee Choon Keong, 47, Saribanon Saibon, 51, and Mohd Firdaus Mokhtar, 36.
They were sworn in together with 12 other councillors who were reappointed during the swearing-in ceremony at Wisma MBSA, Shah Alam.
Muhammad Izuan, who is a lawyer, said it was an honour to be given a chance to serve, noting that MBSA had a good mix of new and experienced, male and female councillors.
“I hope to ensure that Shah Alam remains a safe, vibrant and green city, ” he said.
“In terms of issues, I want to encourage waste separation at home so we can reduce domestic waste sent to landfills.
“I would also like to look into town planning and development matters, as such decisions have a long-term impact, ” he said.
While he pursued a tertiary education in law and commerce, Muhammad Izuan said he worked in the political field for over five years as a special officer for Dr Yaakob Sapari, who was formerly a Selangor assemblyman and now a senator.
“My work gave me some insight into dealing with community issues, but being a full-time councillor now will give me insight into how the council works, ” said the Shah Alam resident.
Saribanon, a mother of four, hoped to champion women’s issues and empower them in decision-making matters for their households.
“It can be as simple as separating waste at home or how to better manage households during the pandemic, ” she told StarMetro.
“This is in line with the state government’s efforts to have at least 30% women as policymakers and decision makers at the state and local government levels.”
Saribanon said her stint working in two different assemblyman’s teams gave her insight and experience on issues unique to their constituencies, with one located in an urban area with a diverse population while another featured mostly traditional villages with a Malay majority population.
“I’m also involved in the community garden project in Section 27 and hope to complete my diploma in leadership programme within the next few years, ” she said.
The 12 reappointed MBSA councillors are Orang Besar Daerah Petaling Datuk Emran Kadir, Papparaidu Veraman, Mariam Abdul Rashid, Zulnizam Shahrani, Siow Fun Yean, Mohamad Jamil Abdul Rahim, Muhammad Shakir Ameer Mohideen, Mohd Shazrizat Zulkipli, Ismail @ Saime Zakaria, Ghandimathi Suppiah, Yugarajah Palanisam and Ooi Haw Voon.
All 17 councillors join six others who were sworn in late last year, bringing the total number of MBSA councillors to 23.
There is one remaining slot for a 24th councillor, whose name will be decided by the Selangor government later. Eight of the 23 MBSA councillors are women, thus meeting the Selangor government’s target of having 30% female councillors.
All councillors took their oaths and signed their letters of undertaking in front of Shah Alam mayor Datuk Haris Kasim.
In his welcoming speech, Haris said their idea and contribution to MBSA would be most welcomed.
“I hope you will carry out your duties to the best of your abilities and ensure you practise transparency and integrity in your roles.
“I also hope that you will not abuse your powers as councillors and view your appointments as a mandate to carry out your responsibilities well.
“I also urge you to familiarise yourselves with the relevant city council by-laws.”
In addition to drawing up policies, Haris said councillors should also serve the people well as they function as a bridge between MBSA and the public.
According to MBSA, the councilllors’ respective zones would be decided on a later date.