IPOH: Perak has reshuffled the portfolios of its 10-man state executive council with immediate effect.
Describing the reshuffle as “minor,” Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said it was to streamline the portfolios of each exco member with the functions of federal ministries.
“Each of the exco member will be in charge of functions of at least three ministries,” he said after chairing the state exco meeting here on Wednesday.
The reshuffle sees changes in the portfolio of eight exco members while two retain their portfolios.
The two are the duties of Datuk G. Rajoo, who heads the Consumer Affairs and Unity Committee, and Women Affairs, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Datuk Siti Salmah Mat Jusak.
Tajol Rosli said Perak Agriculture, Agro-based Industry and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Radzi Manan would have more duties under his portfolio.
“Radzi will now take over Culture, Arts and Heritage duties from (Datuk Mohd) Zaim (Abdul Hassan),” he said.
Zaim, who heads the Information, Youth and Sports, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee, would now have religious education added to his portfolio, he added.
Rural Development Committee chairman Saarani Mohamad would now have additional duties - plantation industries and commodities - to check poverty, he said.
Health, Science and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Tan Chin Meng and Education, Human Resource and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir have swapped duties.
Tan would now handle the human resource component while Dr Zambry would include the science component in his list of duties, Tajol Rosli said.
Tan’s portfolio will now be Health, Human Resource and Environment while Dr Zambry’s will now be Education, Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Infrastructure and Public Utilities Committee chairman Datuk Ho Cheng Wang will have additional duties - water, energy and telecommunication.
Datuk Chang Ko Youn, who heads the Urban and Local Government Committee, would now be in charge of housing and transportation as well, Tajol Rosli said.
The duties of Industry and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman Datuk Ramly Zahari will now include entrepreneurial and cooperative development.
On another matter, Tajol Rosli said he would be attending action committee meetings of the state’s nine districts to ensure the Ninth Malaysia Plan was carried out smoothly.
“The meetings can help resolve problems faced at district level,” he added.
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