Selangor Journal
Subang Jaya Mayor Dato’ Johary Anuar poses with all councillors after the swearing-in ceremony and signing of the appointment of Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) councillors, at the MBSJ’s Kenanga Meeting Room, Subang Jaya, on January 5, 2023. — Picture by by NUR ADIBAH AHMAD IZAM/SELANGORKINI

23 MBSJ council members take oath, combination of old and new to realise vision

By Siti Rohaizah Zainal

SUBANG JAYA, Jan 5 — Eight new individuals have been appointed as members of the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) for the 2023 term today.

They were sworn-in as members of the council in front of Subang Jaya Mayor Dato’ Johary Anuar including 15 other existing members of the council who all took oath of the Official Secrets Act 1972 and made the Pledge of Allegiance.

During his speech, the Mayor said that for this term’s appointment, 17.3 per cent are women while the rest of the councillors are men.

“Through this combination of the old and the new, it is hoped that MBSJ will be able to realise the city’s vision and mission, as well as discuss the Subang Jaya Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

“The experience that each council member has is also expected to help in enacting policies for sustainable development of an international standard, while working hand-in-hand to improve the quality of services,” he said.

Meanwhile, Johary also reminded the appointed councillors that they are bound by the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171) and any offences are punishable by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and the penal code.

“The Selangor government has also issued the Selangor State Local Authority Council Member Management Guidelines in 2021, including the criteria for selection and appointment of council members, the establishment of committees, meeting conducts, performance evaluation, prohibitions and effective dates.

“Referring to these guidelines, during council meetings, it is clearly stated the ethics and instructions that council members must follow and any letters of support to obtain work, supplies and services from state authorities are not allowed to be issued.

“However, letters of support for charitable purposes are allowed to help the underprivileged, based on the qualifications and merits specified. A copy of the letter must be submitted to the council for record and storage purposes,” he said.

Previously, state executive coucillor for local government Ng Sze Han announced that a total of 272 councillors from 12 local authorities were appointed for the 2023 term.

Of that number, 28 per cent or 76 appointments are female council members.

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