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    Selangor exco reshuffle may see entry of PKR’s Saifuddin as liaison

    Selangor exco reshuffle may see entry of PKR’s Saifuddin as liaison


    BY IDA LIM
    MAY 28, 2013

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Selangor’s state administration may see a reshuffle that will allow PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to join it as a political liaison officer, Sinar Harian reported today.

    The Malay-language daily cited a source close to the Selangor Mentri Besar’s Office as saying that this had contributed to the delay in deciding the final state executive council line-up.

    The proposal to bring in Saifuddin to aid the state was last week agreed upon by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Sinar Harian said.



    “Maybe Wednesday will discuss the small reshuffle, Saifuddin will take care of political liaison in Selangor as well as to memantapkan(enhance) the 14th general election.

    “He will be tasked with moving the mobilisation machinery to the rural areas to overcome Barisan Nasional (BN) that earnestly wants torampas semula Selangor in the GE14,” the source was quoted as saying by the paper.

    Saifuddin(picture) will also be tasked with establishing the state’s image as a Pakatan Rakyat (PR)-ruled state and shaking off the view that it is a Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold. BN had always ruled the state until the opposition took over the state for the first time in 2008.

    “Not just ‘rebranding’ of the state’s civil servants, if possible, the government buildings and infrastructure in Selangor can also be painted with other colours, no longer blue (BN),” the source said.

    Sinar Harian also said the reshuffle is aimed at improving the development and implementing delayed welfare projects with the expenditure to be drawn from the state’s reserve of RM2.65 billion.

    “This term Abdul Khalid has already promised to spend Selangor’s reserves to implement more welfare programmes for the people,” the source said.

    During PKR’s 9th national congress last weekend, Khalid had acknowledged criticisms that he was not well-versed in politics, with the corporate figure-turned-state leader acknowledging that he was tightfisted with the state’s resources.

    Khalid then announced he would introduce the post of a “political liaison” in the Selangor Mentri Besar’s Office to help out in the state’s political affairs, while also pledging to spend more on the people.

    Later in a speech, Anwar also said Saifuddin would be given the political liaison post, but told reporters later that Khalid would determine the role that Saifuddin plays.

    Saifuddin was the Lunas state assemblyman in 2000 and Machang MP in 2008, but recently lost the polls contest for the Kulim parliamentary seat in Kedah.

    Despite PKR deputy president Azmin Ali reportedly eyeing the Selangor Mentri Besar post, Khalid received the backing of the leaders of the three PR parties — PKR, the DAP and PAS.

    Khalid finally filled the post for a second term when he was sworn in on May 14, more than a week after the May 5 polls.

    Yesterday, Khalid reportedly said the state exco will be sworn in this Thursday after the Sultan of Selangor gave his consent, but declined to reveal the names or party composition in the line-up.

    During Khalid’s first term, he was sworn in on March 13, four days after Election 2008, while the state exco members took their oath on March 23
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    Selangor: DAP maintains 3 in Selangor exco despite MB's final push


    DAP maintains 3 in Selangor exco despite MB's final push


    11:49AM May 29, 2013

    DAP and PKR will be allocated three seats each in the Selangor state executive council while PAS will be given four in keeping with the Selangor sultan's insistence that six out of the 10 exco members be Malays.

    Sources in Selangor Pakatan Rakyat told Malaysiakini that the 6:4 ratiomeant DAP could not be allocated four exco positions as previously agreed, for all its appointments would be non-Malays and therefore leave no room for a non-Malay appointment from PKR.

    "This comes despite a last ditch appeal by the menteri besar," said a Pakatan leader who did not want to be named.

    Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim met with the state ruler on Monday to seek the royal consentfor the new exco line-up.

    All 10 exco members will be sworn in at the Istana Alam Shah in Klang tomorrow morning.

    The positions of state assembly speaker and deputy speaker will be given to DAP and PKR respectively as PAS already has the highest number of exco posts.

    It is learnt that the three exco members from DAP will be Teng Chang Khim (left) (Sungai Pinang) and Ean Yong Hian Wah (Seri Kembangan) and V Ganabatirau (Kota Alam Shah) while Hannah Yeoh (Subang Jaya), also from DAP, is likely to be appointed the speaker.

    If Yeoh is indeed appointed as the speaker, she will make history as the first ever female speaker of a state legislative body in Malaysia.

    Her deputy is expected to be PKR's Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Seri Setia).

    The three exco members from PKR will be Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan), Rodziah Ismail (Batu Tiga) and Daroyah Alwi (Sementa).

    This line-up indicates that Khalid has decided to minimise the influence of PKR national deputy president and Selangor state chief Azmin Ali in the state cabinet, with only Daroyah, a first-term assemblyperson, was seen as Azmin's supporter.

    Exco appointees attend rehearsal at palace

    The other four exco members from PAS will be Halimah Ali (Selat Kelang), Iskandar Abdul Samad (Cempaka), Sallehen Mukhyi (Sabak) and Ahmad Yunus Hairi (Sijangkang).

    All 10 of them were present at the palace this morning to attend a rehearsal for tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony of the exco members.


    The exco line-up was confirmed by Ean Yong, who spoke to reporters after the rehearsal.

    While he also revealed that the post of senior exco member will stay with DAP, he did not reveal which leader will hold the number-two position in the state administration.

    All 10 of them will meet with Khalid at the state government building this afternoon.

    Ean Yong, Halimah, Iskandar, Wong, Rodziah and Ahmad Yunus were members of the last administration while Daroyah (left), Ganabatirau and Sallehen are new faces. Teng was the speaker in the previous state assembly.

    All state chiefs of the three parties - Selangor PAS commissioner Dr Abdul Rani Osman, DAP state chief Teresa Kok, and Azmin - did not make it into the state administration.

    Both Abdul Rani and Azmin are state assemblypersons for Meru and Bukit Antarabangsa respectively, whereas Kok did not contest in Selangor during the recent general election despite being a senior exco member in the last state exco line-up.

    Yesterday, Abdul Rani told Malaysiakini that his party submitted seven names for the sultan to select four as exco members.

    However, Rani refused to reveal the seven names, saying it would be unfair to those not picked by the sultan.

    "We also don't know who the sultan picked, but we will accept any decision from His Highness," he said.

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    Don’t be a research-only unit, S’gor exco told

    [COLOR=#707070 !important]Leven Woon
    | May 30, 2013
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    PETALING JAYA: With the swearing in of new Selangor exco members today, hopes are high for them to take swift action and provide real-time solutions in solving people woes instead of indulging in political rhetoric.


    State opposition member Johan Abdul Aziz urged the new government team not to be “a research-only unit” which always resorts to saying they needed to study an issue matter first.


    “Don’t research and research, in the end, no results, and nothing is delivered,” said Johan, who is also the Semenyih assemblyman, from Umno.


    “You are the people’s representatives, you have won the second mandate, so you better do your work,” he said.


    Citing the example of Jalan Sungai Lalang in his constituency, a 200-metre stretch which was damaged by a landslide in December, he said the stategovernment has yet to repair the road despite it being state road.


    “The federal government allocated RM300,000 through Marris (Malaysia Road Records Information System) to the state to repair the road, but the MB said they would study the matter and put the money into a state fund first.


    “Six months have passed and nothing has transpired. This is an urgent matter,” he said.


    The 10-man exco was sworn in today features four new faces – PKR’s Doroyah Alwi (Sementa assemblywoman), PAS’ Sallehan Mukhyi (Sabak), DAP’s Teng Chang Khim (Sungai Pinang) and V Ganabatirau (Kota Alam Shah).


    The remaining six were re-appointed for the second term, while Subang Jaya assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh has been named as the state assembly speaker.


    Inefficient old guards


    BN’s Kuang assemblyman Abdul Shukur Idrus when commenting on the line-up said it is dominated by the old guards who were proven to be inefficient.


    “They were the one who had failed to fulfill the promises they made before the 2008 elections, for example the allowance to single mothers and free kindergarten classes.


    “In terms of development, there has been no significant achievements in the last five years,” he said.


    On the new exco members, Abdul Shukur said he would give them a chance to perform before making any comments.


    Meanwhile, BN’s Sungai Burong assemblyman Shamsudin Lias welcomed Yeoh’s appointment as the first woman speaker in the country.


    He said he look forward to working with her in the state assembly and hoped she would conduct the sitting in a fair manner.
    Also read:
    10 Exco Selangor selesai angkat sumpah
    Sultan Selangor: Laksana segera Manifesto Pakatan
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