Posted by SM Maulana
Saturday, 14 June 2008
(The Star) – A SPECIAL high-profile committee headed by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has been formed to vet a list of 288 names nominated for local councillors of the 12 municipal and two city councils in the state.
The committee members include three state executive councillors – Ronnie Liu (local government and research), Datuk Hassan Mohamed Ali (Islamic affairs, Malay customs, infrastructure and public amenities) and Yaakob Sapari (agriculture, natural resources and entrepreneurial development).
Khalid: The committee aims to ensure that the appointments are made solely on merit.
“The committee is looking through the names of all those nominated to ensure that they are appointed on merit and not due to cronyism and nepotism,” Khalid said.
“There have been rumours and allegations that we are appointing our friends to the local councils and this committee is tasked with ensuring that such a scenario is not happening,” he said.
According to Khalid, the appointment of the councillors, especially those under the NGO quota, would be based only on merit and not on favouritism.
He said the committee would study carefully all individuals proposed so that only those suitable were appointed.
Khalid said the names of those recommended by the committee and endorsed by the state executive council would be announced by June 20.
Khalid said the Pakatan Rakyat state government would appoint only those who were qualified and able to perform.
He said the people expected a lot from the local councillors and those appointed should be able to perform with excellence and transparency.
“We know it used to be very rewarding under the previous state government to be appointed as local councillors in the various municipalities and city councils,” he said.
“But I can assure you that from now on, the job of a local councillor would not be a glamorous one with a lot of perks, financial gains and benefits,” he said.
Khalid said that those appointed councillors would be required to serve with dedication and sincerity.
Liu said he endorsed the mentri besar’s decision and felt that the vetting committee would enhance the merit of being appointed a local councillor.
“It is good for the government and the people,” he said.