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Selangor finalises local councillors list, says Azmin

The list of Selangor local authority (PBT) local councillors has been finalised and will be announced next week, says Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He, however, declined to comment on the seat distributions allocated to every political party, including Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), to represent PBT in the state.

“All parties, including Amanah, have gone through the discussion process and agree with the distribution... thanks too to DAP and PAS who see (their) participation as councillors, not as a political reward but as a responsibility.

“Every PBT will announce the list of names of its respective councillors next week followed by oath-taking ceremonies on the appointments," he told reporters after attending a Selangor Economic Action Council meeting in Shah Alam today.

It is understood that the state government had appointed 10 councillors from Amanah representatives in Selangor local authorities while DAP received 96 and PAS, 67.

PKR, it is learnt, received 101 seats and five seats were allocated to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for the 2016-2017 term from Jan 15.

Prior to this, state local government, new village development and legalising of factories committee chairperson Ean Yong Hian Wah was reported to have said that the state government had allocated eight seats to Amanah’s epresentatives after it was jointly consented to by PKR, PAS, and DAP.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Azmin denied disputes existed between state executive councillors from DAP and PAS in Selangor and regarded the state administration as running well with the cooperation of the two parties.

“What has transpired was sensationalised by the media... all the parties have shown maturity and do not play politics,” he said.

In media reports recently, Selangor PAS regarded DAP as a threat to the party following its aspiration to seize seats won by PAS in the state in the coming general election.

Following this, Selangor PAS commissioner Iskandar Abdul Samad urged leaders and members of the party to defend all seats won at the previous general election to curb the DAP's effort.

- Bernama