Selangor bent on new mayor from its list

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  • Tuesday, 04 Dec 2012

New territory: Mohamad Roslan walking to his office on the 13th floor of the State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam yesterday.

THE Selangor government is adamant on having a new mayor for Petaling Jaya and wants the Public Services Department (PSD) to select from the list of candidates that the state will be submitting soon.

A senior state officer said they were drawing up the list.

“The state wants PSD to vet the candidates proposed and then choose from there. The state government only wants a candidate from the list.

“All exco members and the Mentri Besar’s office want the PSD to honour the state’s proposal for the mayor’s post,” she said.

Former Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman had been promoted as Deputy Selangor State Secretary (Development) after serving the city for six years.

Yesterday, he reported for duty and attended the Selangor administration’s Innovation Day held at Dewan Jubli Perak on the state secretariat grounds.

Before the event, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had a short closed-door meeting with Mohamad Roslan, State Secretary Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi, state legal adviser Datin Paduka Zauyah Be Loth Khan and state finance officer Datuk Noordin Sulaiman.

In late October, it was reported that the state had rejected the PSD decision to transfer the Petaling Jaya mayor who is popular.

Selangor had locked horns with the Federal Government over the promotion and transfer of the mayor without its approval.

Deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib has taken over as acting mayor.

At a press conference later, Khalid said the state would decide on the new Petaling Jaya mayor.

“We have received several suggestions from councillors and assemblymen, which are being scrutinised,” he said.

Yesterday, StarMetro reported that the All-Petaling Jaya Selangor Residents Association Coalition adviser Mohamed Umar Peer Mohamed and certain groups supported the idea that Puasa should become the mayor.

Mohamed Umar had said that Petaling Jaya needs a mayor who could serve with confidence and draw up long-term plans for the city.”

Meanwhile, when asked about Klang Municipal Council acting president Muhd Ikhsan Mukri, who has been sitting in the acting capacity for one-and-a-half-years, Khalid explained that Ikhsan came under Grade 54 and this did not allow him to hold the post of council president.

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