Penang Island City councillor dismissed from office

GEORGE TOWN: The state government has terminated the appointment of a city councillor without providing any reasons.

Noor Syazwani Md Amin (pic), 30, had served in the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) for less than four months. She was removed from office on Wednesday after the state exco meeting. She was appointed in January and was an NGO representative from the Penang Malay Night Markets Association.

The local councils in the state have a small number of city or municipal councillors that officially represent civil society though a few are also political party members. There were four such representatives in MBPP.

State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow issued a short statement on Thursday, stating that Noor Syazwani's removal was in accordance with Section 10(4) of the Local Government Act 1976. He did not state the grounds of removal.

A source in the city council said there will be a full council meeting on Friday and Noor Syazwani's removal is expected to be discussed.

The source also said the removal could be linked to complaints from several petty traders.



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