New Kajang council president to hold dual role

Najmuddin at the swearing-in ceremony conducted virtually.

NEWLY sworn-in Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) president Najmuddin Jemain will have a lot on his plate as he shoulders duties as Hulu Langat district officer for the time being.

The new appointment will also see the 46-year-old father of three shouldering the responsibility of Hulu Langat District Disaster Management Committee chairman as well.

The district has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Selangor.

As at July 31, 2,106 cases were recorded.

Najmuddin is also stepping into MPKj at a time when it is in the midst of formulating its plan to attain city status, a task which will require a strong captain at the helm.

“In some states, the council president is the district officer too, but only up until a certain time when these functions will be gradually separated.

“This arrangement of me holding two portfolios is just for a short period of time until the new district officer reports for duty.

“For now, I will be able to handle both positions,” said Najmuddin when asked how he would cope with the added responsibility.

To ensure his duties at the district office are not left wanting, Najmuddin said he would appoint an officer to report to him on all issues.

And he will make time to visit stricken locations to assess the situation.

His emphasis at MPKj was to drive his team toward the adaptation and improvement of new technology through its existing e-service applications for parking, complaints and the disabled in line with the national digitisation policy.

“It is important to enable MPKj to implement quality and comprehensive municipal services in facing the challenges after Covid-19.

“We are determined to improve our service delivery on this aspect, especially without a need for face-to-face meetings,” he said in a statement.

He added that social media played an important role and had strong influence in today’s society hence information on the council’s programmes must be accurately and effectively disseminated.

He also asked that users be prudent when on social media as its abuse, especially with regard to spreading fake news, could have damaging results.

The second criteria, he said, would be to explore alternative ideas to generate income for MPKj instead of solely relying on tax revenue.

“Revenue is important for the council to carry out programmes that will benefit residents and stakeholders,” he said.

The third measure, he said, would be to ensure continuous effort was carried out to plan initiatives and programmes to help revive the tourism sector in Hulu Langat.

The fourth step is to further strengthen the functions of the joint management body (JMB) under the Commissioner of Buildings.

This move is to help supervise the management and maintenance of an increasing stratified community in the area.

“As at July 30, there are 1,668 strata scheme developments, numbering 134,105 unit plots.

“The addition of the strata community under MPKj’s administration is a big challenge as it requires a holistic and comprehensive approach to ensure residents enjoy quality living,” he said.

Najmuddin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Universiti Malaya in 1999.

He later obtained his Masters from the same university in 2009.

He has served at the Public Service Department in Putrajaya and at Director General of Lands and Mines Department (JKPTG) in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor.

His last post in JKPTG was as Selangor JKPTG director.

He was sworn in as MPKj’s deputy president in 2017 before being transferred to helm the post of district officer at Hulu Langat District and Land Office in July 2020.

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