PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) director of Planning and Development Noraini Roslan has been appointed the new council president for the Kuala Selangor District Council (MDKS).
Noraini Roslan holds a Master’s degree in planning specialisation.
Her appointment was announced by the state press secretariat in a statement, which was also uploaded onto the Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim's official website, www.selangoruntukrakyat.com. Noraini is due to take office on July 1.
She would be the state's first female official to be appointed as council president.
In the statement, Khalid was quoted as saying that he is confident of Noraini leading MDKS with "responsibility, transparency and efficiency".
"Qualified female personnel should be given equal opportunities alongside their male peers," he said in the statement.
Khalid said Noirani was chosen based on her academic qualifications, years of service and experience as former planning director of the Klang Municipal Council and her stint at MBPJ.
"A person who has been selected as the local council president must be competent and well versed with the district he or she is responsible for its future development," he said.
Her appointment, Khalid said, is also a reflection of the government's meritocracy system, doing away with the practice in the past of appointing only administrative or diplomatic staff for the position of council president.
Prior to her service in the public service sector, Noraini, who holds a Master's degree in planning specialisation from North Carolina University, was a planning officer at Syarikat Bernas.
"The state welcomes professionals such as Noraini as part of its effort in bringing the best brains from the Selangor Economy for the Citizenry programme," added Khalid. - NST