IPOH: The city, which has been without a mayor for the past few months, is now a hotbed for speculation on who’s taking over.
“All sorts of rumours have been flying about because the mayor has yet to be sworn in,” said state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Paul Yong.
He dispelled the latest talk that the proposed candidate had withdrawn himself.
“I can assure everyone that it is still the same candidate,” said Yong.
However, he declined to give details about the mayor-to-be.
“It is the same candidate. There are no problems,” he said, referring to the text messages which he received from people wanting to know whether it was true that the candidate had opted out.
“We hope the new mayor will be in office by July,” he said after presenting food boxes to the needy in Pusing near here.
He acknowledged that the process to seek a replacement to former mayor Datuk Zamri Man had taken time due to the processes which involved the Public Service Department (PSD), among others.
The vacancy came about after Zamri was said to have been absent from work for months.
Subsequently, the PSD said his tenure as Datuk Bandar ended on Feb 17 due to health reasons.
Zamri became mayor in 2015.