After serving for 22 years with Klang Municipal Council (MPK), Zaireezal Ahmad Zainuddin has been sworn in as its new Klang acting deputy president.
He took the oath of office before council president Noraini Roslan, heads of department and councillors at the Raja Mahadi meeting room at the MPK office.
His predecessor, Elya Marini Darmin, had gone on no-pay leave for a year in August.
Zaireezal, 47, said it never crossed his mind he would be given this responsibility.
He had served in MPK’s Human Resources Department, Social Development Department and Commissioner of Buildings Department prior to this.
“Being sworn in makes the position official but I will serve in an acting capacity and at the same time, oversee the Environmental Services Department.
“It is a dual task that I am able to handle as I have worked in various departments since 2001,” said the father of four boys.
Zaireezal, who has an honours degree in science (human development), told StarMetro the main issue he would look into was the town’s cleanliness.
“I plan to work on improving sustainable methods with the guidance of the council president.
“We need to reduce the quantity of solid waste disposed and get people to recycle.
“Awareness needs to be created along with enforcement action,” he said, adding that MPK had made it compulsory for all shop owners to have a 240l bin on wheels for rubbish disposal.
Meanwhile, at a full board meeting, Noraini said KDEB Waste Management started door-to-door rubbish collection at villages in Klang yesterday (Oct 1).
“MPK needs all villagers to place their rubbish bins in front of their homes to make it easier for workers to collect the wastes and follow the schedule.”
She added that all village heads were briefed recently at MPK’s Dewan Hamzah on rubbish collection in their villages and the need for each home to have their own bin under the council’s Garbage Collection, Removal and Disposal By-law 2007.