Heritage activist among 11 named councillors in Penang

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GEORGE TOWN: Heritage activist Khoo Salma Nasution is among five new people appointed to the Penang Island City Council (MBPP).

State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said she was one of 11 people appointed to the two councils in the state – the MBPP and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).

Chow hoped the new appointees would help improve the local governments in the state, saying Penang’s councillors were the highest paid in the country — with a monthly stipend of RM2,500.

They also receive RM100 per meeting per month, which earns them a maximum RM1,200 a year, and RM300 in monthly telephone allowance.

An elated Khoo said, as city councillor, her topmost priority was to ensure that Penang’s environment was protected.

“I have always wanted to be part of the city council, so that we could protect our heritage and environment,” she told reporters at a press conference in Komtar today.

Khoo, 53, is a vice-president of the Penang Heritage Trust. She is also part of Penang Forum, an NGO which has been vocal against the Penang Transport Master Plan.

The other new MBPP councillors are: Tan Chiew Choon (PKR), Shahrudin Mohamed Sahriff (PKR), Shung Yi Ni (NGO—Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce) and Noor Syazwani Md Amin (NGO—Persatuan Peniaga Melayu Pasar Malam Pulau Pinang or Malay night traders association).

The new MPSP councillors are: Dr Seow Kweng Tian (PKR), Thomas Loh Wei Pheng (DAP), Woo Sze Zeng Joshua (DAP), Fadzil Abdullah (Amanah), and Hamizah Abdul Manab (NGO—BOB Football Club).

Currently, there are 24 councillor positions in each council, with one vacancy in MPSP. Chow said the vacant spot would be filled at a later date.

The councillors will be sworn in tomorrow and Friday at their respective councils.