Malaysia: Selangor Excos Sworn In

KLANG, MALAYSIA: The new ten-member Selangor executive council comprising an equal number of Malays and non-Malays were sworn in at Istana Alam Shah in Klang Monday (24 Mar) morning. A conspicuous absentee was DAP’s veteran assemblyman, Teng Chang Khim, who was left out of the exco line-up but is expected to be offered the Speaker’s post.

The 10 took their oath of office today before Sultan Selangor Sultan Shafaruddin Idris Shah at the Istana Alam Shah here. In the 8 Mar polls, PKR won 15 seats, the DAP 13 and PAS eight to topple the BN State Government.

The new Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim revealed that no deputy menteri besar would be appointed for the moment. However, a new post of senior executive councilor was created instead. DAP’s Teresa Kok told reporters. She has been appointed to this post and her portfolio includes investment, industry and trade.

Four of the exco posts went to PKR, while DAP and PAS have three each. There are four women in the new exco.

Khalid took over the Land Development, Finance, State Economic Action Council, Youth and Sport.

The Selangor Exco line-up are:

  1. Yaakob Sapari (PKR): Agriculture modernization, Natural Resources and Entrepreneurial Development;
  2. Rodziah Ismail (PKR): Welfare, Women Affairs, Science, technology and Innovation;
  3. Elizabeth Wong (PKR): Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment;
  4. Dr Xavier Jayakumar (PKR): Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Compassionate Government;
  5. Teresa Kok (DAP): Investments, Trade and Industry;
  6. Ronnie Liu (DAP): Local Government, Research and development;
  7. Ean Yong Hien Wah (DAP): New Village Development, Illegal Factory Settlement;
  8. Datuk Dr Hassan Mohamed Ali (Pas): Islamic Affairs, Malay Customs, Infrastructure and Public Amenities;
  9. Dr Halimah Ali (Pas): Education, Higher Education and Moral Character Development); and,
  10. Iskandar Abdul Samad (Pas): Housing, Building Development and Squatters

The DAP veteran Teng Chang Khim, who is Sungai Pinang representative, and who was former state opposition leader is understood to be loggerheads with the party and was passed over the in Exco appointments. However, as a compromise, Teng is likely to be picked as a speaker for the state assembly.

When asked by journalists whether Teng's supporters would not be happy with his faction being sidelined, Kok said that it was all "up to Teng".

Among those present today at the palace were former mentri besar Mohd Khir Toyo and new state Barisan Nasional chief Muhammad Muhammad Taib.