THE five district officers dropped as Penang municipal councillors are being replaced by those who would better represent the people’s interests, said Penang Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
“The new councillors are expected to represent the people better than the district officers who represent the government and are there (as councillors) by virtue of their position as district officers to give views on administrative issues,” he said yesterday.
Chow was responding to a statement by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) on Monday that the state government should not have dropped the district officers only to have them replaced with Pakatan Rakyat members.
Suaram said the move was undemocratic and more spots should have been given to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) instead.
The state decided to drop seven councillors from Penang Municipal Council (MPPP), including the two district officers on the island and five councillors including the three district officers on the mainland from the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).
The seven new faces in MPPP are Ong Ah Teong (DAP), Mohd Razali Abdullah and Lim Boo Chang from PKR, Abdul Aziz Ismail and Asnah Hashim from PAS and NGO representatives Yasir Hafiz Munawar Ali and Prof Mohd Zahry Shaikh Abdul Rahim.
The five replacements in MPSP are M. Chandrasekaran (DAP), Ahmad Farid Md Arshad, Amir Md Ghazali and Muhamad Hashim from PKR and Rahman Ramjan (PAS).
Chow was speaking to reporters after a press conference on Climb Penang Hill For The Environment 2009, under his former portfolio as state Environment Committee chairman.
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