The head of both the municipal councils in Penang are now women with the appointment of urban planner Maimunah Mohd Shariff as the new president of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council.
Today happens to be International Women’s Day. So this is good news to mark this day.
Butterworth and BM and other parts of the mainland really need someone to look carefully at urban planning. I hope the MPSP will do something about the entire beach-front of Butterworth (particularly the mess along the ironically named Pantai Bersih), the poor condition of drainage, and the lack of green spaces for recreation.
This report from theSun:
By: Himanshu Bhatt (Thu, 03 Mar 2011)
SEBERANG PERAI (March 3, 2011): Penang has appointed urban planner Maimunah Mohd Shariff (pix) as head of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP), the second local council in the state to be headed by a professional woman.
In March last year, architect Patahiyah Ismail was sworn in as president of the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP).
In making the announcement, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said this was the first time the MPSP – touted the largest municipal council in the world in terms of land size (490 sqkm) – was being headed by a woman.
“I want to stress that Maimunah was appointed not because she is a woman, but because of her capability and credentials,” he said during a site visit to Sungai Rambai in Bukit Mertajam today.
Maimunah, 50, was awarded “Outstanding Planner” by the Malaysian Institute of Planners in 2005.
She is currently general manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated, and previously served as director of MPPP’s Planning and Development Department.
She was involved in the preparation of the state’s Structure Plan 2005 and oversaw the urban renewal planning of George Town.
Maimunah is scheduled to report for work on March 16 to replace Mokhtar Jait who has been promoted to state finance officer (SFO).
The current SFO, Datuk Farizan Darus, will take over as Penang state secretary from Datuk Zainal Rahim Seman who has been appointed secretary-general of the Human Resources Ministry…
What do you think are the priority areas on the mainland that the MSPS needs to should look into?