DATUK Azhar Arshad is the new mayor of Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) effective Saturday.
The 55-year-old, who was deputy State Secretary (Development) in the Penang State Secretary’s office, is on a two-year contract with an option to extend for a third.
He replaced Datuk Rozali Mohamud, 63, whose contract of service expired Dec 31 last year.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state executive council had approved Azhar’s appointment.
“As a civil servant, Azhar is on loan to MBSP for two years with an option to extend for a third.
“His appointment is being handled by the Public Service Department (JPA) and the Public Service Commission (SPA),” he said in a statement.
Chow also thanked Rozali as under his leadership, the council was recognised for various achievements.
“On this occasion, I represent the state leadership to thank Rozali for his excellent service as mayor as well as other positions in the local authority since 1990.
“The council won nine awards and recognitions throughout 2021, launched four Strategic Action Plans and recorded eight Low Carbon Cities and Smart Cities achievements.
“It holds six Malaysia Book Of Records titles and secured two design innovations in the country registered in the Copy-right Register pursuant to Section 26B of the Copyright Act 1987 [Act 332].
“Seven simultaneous management certifications according to ISO standards were implemented and the council currently has a recycling rate of 55.91%, which is the highest in the country,” said Chow.
He said the council also achieved the Low Carbon City status a year earlier than targeted, adding that the average per capita carbon production of 5.39 tonnes of CO2e was lower than the average carbon production of 5.47 tonnes of CO2e.
Chow hoped Azhar would continue with the good work.
Azhar has a bachelor’s degree in Economics, postgraduate diploma in Education and diploma in Public Administration.
He previously served in the Information Ministry as well as several district and land offices in Pahang before serving in the Penang State Secretary’s office since November 2018.
Meanwhile, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) engineering director A. Rajendran has been appointed as the new secretary of MBPP with effect from Jan 1.
The 59-year-old replaced Datuk Ir Addnan Mohd Razali, who ended his service contract as secretary on Jan 1.
Rajendran has served in MBPP for over 30 years, since 1985.
Chow said the state executive council had on Nov 21 decided to appoint Rajendran to the post.
“As the new council secretary, we believe the former Engineering director will be able to bring better service as he is knowledgeable and has served for many years.”