Azhar sworn in as MBSP mayor


Chow (seated front row, centre) and Azhar (in ceremonial robe) having a group photo with other state leaders and councillors after the swearing-in ceremony at MBSP headquarters in Bukit Mertajam. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

DATUK Azhar Arshad has been sworn in as the second mayor of Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP).

He replaced Datuk Rozali Mohamud, 63, whose contract of service expired on Dec 31 last year.

The ceremony was witnessed by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who arrived at the MBSP headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, Penang, at about 3.30pm on Friday.

He was welcomed by Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, state local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, and state secretary Datuk Dr Ahmad Jailani Muhamed Yunus.

The ceremony started with the reciting of prayers followed by the singing of Negaraku and the state anthem.

Chow then announced the appointment of Azhar as the new mayor for MBSP before Azhar took his oath of receiving the appointment.

Azhar says he’s proud to helm an excellent council that has conducted various programmes for the people.Azhar says he’s proud to helm an excellent council that has conducted various programmes for the people.

Chow also helped Azhar to put on the mayor’s robe and chain of office during the ceremony.

In his speech, Chow congratulated Azhar on his appointment, adding that he hoped Azhar could emulate the excellent job achieved by his predecessor Rozali.

“I hope the excellence can be continued under the administration of the new mayor.

“The style of administration might be different but the goal will still be the same in making Seberang Prai a resilient, inclusive, green, competitive and smart city in line with the state government’s Penang2030 vision,” he said.

Azhar, in his maiden speech as mayor, said he was proud to helm an excellent local council that had conducted various programmes for the people and had received many accolades in the country and overseas.

“It is a challenge for me to maintain the excellence of the organisation and to continue all the good work.

Chow (second right) and Azhar (with songkok) having a light moment with (from left) Koay, Ahmad Tarmizi and Tharani after the swearing-in ceremony.Chow (second right) and Azhar (with songkok) having a light moment with (from left) Koay, Ahmad Tarmizi and Tharani after the swearing-in ceremony.

“I will ensure that I will work with all 24 MBSP councillors, MBSP secretary, heads of departments and MBSP senior officers to make Seberang Prai cleaner and sustainable,” he said.

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.

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.

The ceremony, which took about 30 minutes, was held at Dewan Kenanga on Friday, and was followed by the swearing-in ceremony of councillors for 2022.

Four new faces who were appointed as the new MBSP councillors for 2022 are from Amanah, DAP and two non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Delakan taking his oath as a new MBSP councillor.Delakan taking his oath as a new MBSP councillor.

They are Ahmad Tarmizi Jusoh (Amanah), K. Tharani (DAP), R.S. Delakan (NGO) and Jeffrey Koay Kai Chin (NGO).

The composition of MBSP councillors according to parties this year are 10 from DAP, nine from PKR, two from Amanah and three from NGOs.

Tharani, 25, said this was her first appointment as a councillor and vowed to help the city council achieve its objective to be a green city.

Delakan, 38, said it was an honour and privilege to be appointed in the new councillor lineup.

“I aspire to help the youths in Seberang Prai, especially during the post-pandemic period,” he said.

Also present during the ceremony were Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang and several Pakatan Harapan state assemblymen in Seberang Prai.

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