BUTTERWORTH: Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Datuk Rozali Mohamud (pic) will become the new mayor.
This comes following plans to upgrade the municipal council to city council status.
State Housing, Town, Country Planning and Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the candidate for the mayor post was decided during the weekly exco meeting last Wednesday.
The municipal council will become the Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP).
“The decision to appoint the mayor for MBSP will be formalised during the exco meeting this Wednesday,” he said.
“The appointment of the MBSP mayor is subject to the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Penang’s Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
“After the consent of the Agong is obtained and the formalities are finalised, we will fix a date for the swearing-in of the new mayor for MBSP,” he told reporters after opening a course for DAP councillors in Prai near here yesterday.
The course, which was conducted by the DAP political education department, was attended by 70 members from the northern region.
Last month, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin announced that MPSP would be upgraded to city council status after Hari Raya.
The application to elevate MPSP to city council began in July 2018 as the local authority had fulfilled all criteria, such as having a population exceeding 500,000 and revenue of RM100mil.
MPSP covers an administration area of 747.8sq km and is the largest municipality in the country with a population of 946,200.
With MPSP attaining city council status, Penang will become the only state in Malaysia to obtain full-fledged city status.
The Penang Island City Council received city council status in 2015.