THE five Selangor state executive councillors who were sacked two months ago and reinstated by new Mentri Besar Azmin Ali are looking forward to the new challenges that comes with their reappointment.
Kota Alam Shah assemblyman V. Ganabathirau return to hisportfolio, while Sementa assemblyman Dr Daroyah Alwi, Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah and Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong resume their original duties along with additional responsibilities in an expanded portfolio.
As for Sungai Pinang assemblyman Datuk Teng Chang Khim, he has been put in charge of Investment, Industry (SME) & Commerce and Transportation.
His previous Local Government tasks are taken over by Ean Yong.
Wong’s updated responsibilities include Green Technology.
However, Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail who resigned from the state exco position following the sacking of the five, was left out from the new exco line-up.
Former mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim sacked the six members of the state exco in a controversial move after the Pakatan Rakyat bid to oust him.
This led to the prolonged Mentri Besar crisis in Selangor, which came to an end following the palace’s intervention that eventually led to the appointment of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as the new chief at the helm of the state.
All five expressed relief for being reinstated to the exco positions and are glad that the worst is behind them.
Teng was unwilling to comment on his new portfolio, saying it was too early to comment.
Ean Yong, who will be assuming the responsibilities for Local Government, is likely to continue where Teng has left off.
The latter had drawn up a comprehensive five-year plan for the separation of domestic garbage waste, as part of an overall plan to improve the operations of the 12 local authorities in Selangor.
Under the programme, the garbage is to be separated at source, which means residents at their homes.
Teng was one year into the implementation of this programme before the Pakatan Rakyat political crisis in Selangor erupted.
Ean Yong, who heads the Legalisation of Unlicensed Factories and New Village Development, said he was surprised to be given the Local Government portfolio.
“I realise it will be a great challenge. It will take awhile before I get used to the new responsibility.
“I will give my best level of service to the public and believe Selangor is in good hands under the new mentri besar,” he said, adding that he was glad the uncertainty surrounding the exco positions was finally over.
Wong agreed with Ean Yong and affirmed her belief in Azmin’s leadership of the state, adding that it was a good feeling to be back.
Wong, whose expanded portfolio covers green technology, said she welcomed the move as she felt that the new responsibility would further define her role.
The Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman said she would direct her focus towards the renewable energy sector.
She said it would include getting local authorities to promote green buildings in the areas under their jurisdiction.
“I think there are a lot of things we can do but it will be a long process before we can achieve our goal,” she said.
Another exco member glad to be back in the line-up is Dr Daroyah, who now heads the Health, Welfare, Women Affairs and Family Committee, some of which were formerly held by Rodziah.
She was particularly happy with her assigned portfolio as it would enable her to empower women and help them to be independent.
“Yes, I am glad to be back as it will give me better leverage to serve the rakyat. But now the pressure is more as people’s expectation is high.
“Now I have to work harder to restore the people’s confidence,” she said.
Ganabathirau, who has retained chairmanship of the Poverty, Compassionate Government and Plantation Workers Committee, said he had no complaints about being given back his old portfolio.
However, he does hope that the allocation accorded to the portfolio, that amounted to RM8mil annually, will be increased as currently it is too small in view of the scope covered.
“Based on my experience, some RM30mil is needed so that effective and tangible programmes can be implemented in areas related to social services, eradication of poverty and to resolve issues involving estate workers,” he explained.
Azmin, in announcing the reshuffled and revamped portfolios, said he would head the Finance, Land Natural Resources Management, State Economic Action Council and Information.
A significant change is Nik Nazmi Ahmad, who resigned as Deputy Speaker at the State Assembly to the chair of Education, Human Capital Development, Science and Technology and Innovation Committee. It is a merger of two portfolios previously headed by Dr Halimah Ali and Dr Daroyah.
Two other new faces in the line-up are Amirudin Shari, who will head the Youth Generation Development, Sports, Cultural and Entrepreneurship Development committee and Zaidy Abdul Talib, who has been charged with the Infrastructure, Public Amenities and Agriculture portfolio.