JOHOR BARU: A major reshuffle in the Johor civil service took place recently involving at least 82 officers.
This includes the appointment of two new deputy state secretaries, several heads of government-linked companies, district officers, and positions in local councils and other departments.
A government official, when contacted, said On Jabbar had been appointed deputy state secretary overseeing sports, youth and volunteers.
“This is the first time we have a deputy state secretary looking after these matters,” said the official.
At a recent event, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said youths in Johor were not forgotten as the state had appointed a deputy state secretary to look into programmes for them.
The official also said Datuk Mohammad Ridha Abd Kadir had been appointed deputy state secretary in charge of development.
There are four deputy state secretaries at the moment.
Other appointments include Zulkifly Mohd Tahir as general manager of Yayasan Pelajaran Johor; Ismail Abu as chief executive officer of the Johor Islamic Council; Mohd Radzi Mohd Amin as executive director of Johor Entrepreneur Corporation Sdn Bhd; and Norazmi Amir Hamzah as chief executive of the Johor Centre for Contractor Development.
The reshuffle also saw four new district officers. Nasri Md Ali is now the Batu Pahat district officer, Azman Mohamed Shah is the district officer for Tangkak, Hasrin Hashim for Segamat and Mohammed Shakib Ali for Mersing.
Ezahar Abu Sairin was appointed Batu Pahat Municipal Council president and Norman Noh the Mersing District Council president.
Asked if the reshuffle was linked to the looming state election, the official downplayed such talk.
“There are many vacancies that needed to be filled after some officers retired,” said the official.