Azmin: Selangor water crisis to be resolved soon

His main agenda is to immediately get approval from Putrajaya to finalise the restructuring

By FARA AISYAH / Pic By TMR

The prolonged water crisis in Selangor is expected to be resolved soon as it will be one of the state government’s priorities, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (picture).

“It is my main agenda to immediately get approval from Putrajaya to finalise the Selangor water restructuring issue,” Mohamed Azmin told reporters after announcing the new executive councillors’ (excos) portfolio in Shah Alam yesterday.

The exco line-up comprises seven new faces led by Mohamed Azmin, who is in charge of the state’s finance, land development and natural resources management, state economic action council and information committees.

The new faces include PKR’s Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin, Haniza Mohamed Talha and Hee Loy Sian; DAP’s Ng Sze Han; Amanah’s Izham Hashim and Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud; as well as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari.

Mohamed Azmin said the reshuffling of an organisation is a common process after every general election. Three excos from the previous term who are being retained are DAP’s Datuk Teng Chang Kim and V Ganabatirau, as well as Amirudin Shari from PKR.

Mohamed Azmin said the selection of the new excos does not mean the former excos did not contribute to the state government, but he believes in having new ideas and passion as Selangor is a progressive state.

“Experience from the previous excos is equally important here. Hence, the combination

of the old and new ones will be a great help for the state government to work more effectively,” he said.

Teng will head the investment, industry and trade, as well as small and medium enterprises committees, while Ganabatirau will be the chairman of socioeconomic development and caring government committees.

Amirudin will lead youth and sports, entrepreneurial development, as well as development of countryside and traditional villages committees. Izham will head the infrastructure and public utilities, as well as modernisation of agriculture and agro-based industry committees.

The chairman of culture and tourism, as well as Malay culture and heritage committees will be helmed by Abdul Rashid.

Shaharuddin is tasked to lead Islamic affairs, education, human capital development, as well as science, technology and innovation committees.

Ng will be the chairman of local government, public transportation, as well as new village development committees.

Haniza will be the exco of housing and urban living committees, while Dr Siti Mariah will head the health, welfare, as well as women and community development committees.

Hee will be the exco of environmental, green technology, as well as consumer affairs committees.

Mohamed Azmin said the public transportation committee was reshuffled from Teng’s portfolio to Ng’s as it is more effective for the committee to be under local councils.

“Teng will focus on attracting more investments into Selangor and ensuring the foreign direct investments in the state are sustainable.

“We want to maintain Selangor’s position as a developed state which contributes to the country’s economy.”