MELAKA: A senior assemblyman here is expected to be sworn-in as the 11th state executive councillor.
Kuala Linggi assemblyman Datuk Wira AR Ismail Othman (pic) is likely to head the human resources and consumerism committee, a portfolio left vacant by the new state government since March.
The appointment is expected to be announced very soon.
Ismail was the housing and local government committee chairman during Datuk Seri Idris Haron's tenure as chief minister before GE14.
Ismail is known as "Mr Nice Guy" among locals due to his approachable nature.
He will be the eleventh exco member after 10 of the 17 assemblymen who supported Perikatan Nasional during the political turmoil in March were appointed.
With the appointment, seven exco members are from Umno, two from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia as well as one from PKR and an ex-DAP member.
Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali also has the Economic Planning, Finance, Land, Coastal and River Development, Water Management, Religious Affairs, Industry, Investment, Technology, Communications, Multimedia and Government-linked Companies (GLCs) in his portfolio.