IPOH: May 27, 2008 By CHRISTINA KOH
The city council has received an overwhelming 178 applications for the eight councillor positions open to the public and non-governmental organisations.
Startled by the figure, Datuk Bandar Datuk Mohamad Rafiai Moktar said that only 30% of the 24 city councillor positions were open to these applicants.
“We received 178 forms for the city council but we have also asked some of them to send their applicants straight to the State Secretariat.
“The results will be announced by the state soon,” he told reporters after presenting excellent service awards to 186 council employees here Tuesday.
The closing date to submit applications for councillor positions was May 22.
Meanwhile, Mohamad Rafiai declined to comment if he would remain as mayor.
Asked if he had received the official letter from the state to extend his tenure, he replied: “I don’t know.”
However, Mohamad Rafiai admitted that he was willing to serve again as mayor if asked.
“Yes, if they (the state) still need my services, I’m willing to serve.
“My birthday is on June 6, so my tenure is supposed to end on June 5,” he added.
On the Barisan Nasional councillors, Mohamad Rafiai said the city councillors from Umno were expected to submit their resignations by the end of the month.
“We have already received the letters from the two MIC councillors and three PPP councillors earlier this month (May). “Their resignations would be effective June 1,” he said.
The remaining three councillors from Gerakan and six from the MCA had earlier tendered their resignations.