Nizar to share his experience as MB with Ahmad Faizal

John Bunyan
Sungai Rapat assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin clocks in at the state secretariat building in Ipoh May 21, 2018. — Picture by Farhan Najib

IPOH, May 21 — Sungai Rapat assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said he will share his 11-month experience as mentri besar to help and guide Ahmad Faizal Azumu who holds the post now.

Speaking to the reporters on his first day at the state secretariat building here, Mohammad Nizar, who was appointed as the state executive councillor, said that the priority of the state government is to fulfil the Pakatan Harapan’s (HP) manifesto.

“We are eager to fulfil all our ten promises which we have made for the people of Perak. That is our priority.

“I will give my best and will help my fellow colleague Ahmad Faizal with the experience I gained in the past as the mentri besar to achieve the manifesto,” he said.

In 2008, Nizar was appointed as the mentri besar. However, his tenure only lasted 11 months as defections caused them to lose control of the administration to BN.

Nizar, who is also the state Amanah deputy chairman, said that Perak PH will have their first exco meeting on Wednesday and the portfolios likely be to announced then.

Sungkai assemblyman A. Sivanesan, who was also part of the 2008 state officials, is likely to resume his old health and environmental portfolios, along with water and Orang Asli affairs.

“There are many unfinished work which was left after the government changed in 2009. For example, the issues of freehold among the residence in Kampung Baru and Kampung Tersusun.

“We have approved the freehold grant to those residences, but it was not continued by the BN government,” he said.

“The freehold grant was one of the pledges we promised to the people back then. Now we will continue it,” said the DAP lawmaker.

Being the only Indian representative of the state official, Sivanesan said that he would have a heavy burden in conducting his duty.

“There are about 500,000 Indians in the state and they face a tremendous problem. Perak PH has 25 specific promises which has been specially designed for the Indian community here.

“Among the promises were tackling land issues for temple, employment in the goverment sector, and Tamils school issues,” he said.

Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee Chuan How hopes that the previous administration from the federal and state will provide full cooperation in terms of having a concise handover on Sukma (Malaysia Games).

“This is something which has to and must be put on the table to ensure Sukma is successful,” he said.

On Saturday, 10 state assemblymen from the PH government were been sworn in as exco members at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar in front of Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.

Five of them are from DAP, three from Amanah and two from PKR.

The DAP councillors are Sivanesan, Lee, Abdul Aziz Bari (Tebing Tinggi), Wong May Ing (Pantai Remis) and Paul Yong Choo Kiong (Tronoh).

The Amanah representatives are Mohammad Nizar, Asmuni Awi (Manjoi) and Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim (Titi Serong).

The PKR councillors are Tan Kar Hing (Simpang Pulai) and Abdul Yunus Jamhari (Kuala Kurau).