Othman to head PKNS

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  • Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008

SHAH ALAM: The former group managing director of a realty development consultancy firm, Othman Omar (pic), will be the new general manager for the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) effective Feb 1.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said Othman, 49, was appointed based on his vast experience in construction of low and medium cost homes and mega projects.

Khalid, who is also PKNS board of directors chairman, said that Othman’s experience would be beneficial in the corporation’s efforts to re-develop townships like Petaling Jaya, Kajang and Klang.

It ends months of speculations and controversies that arose after PKNS deputy general manager (finance) Datin Paduka Low Siew Moi was appointed as the acting general manager last month.

Six staff associations from PKNS had protested when she was announced as the acting general manager and called for a Malay to be picked for the post.

Low is expected to return as the deputy general manager when Othman takes over until her contract expires next November.

“I have asked Low to stay on as the deputy general manager after Othman takes office and we might find another area for her to move to (later),” he told reporters here yesterday afternoon.

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