Monday, February 23, 2009

Senior MPSP official under investigation resigns

A Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) department head has resigned after the council initiated a domestic inquiry into his department’s activities.

Council president Farizan Darus confirmed that Md Pilus Md Noor had voluntarily quit as building department director from March 1 after having served the council for about 20 years.

Farizan said Md Pilus, who is in his 50s, had been relieved of his official duties since Jan 22 to facilitate internal investigations following complaints against him.

Last month, Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng gave the council a two-month ultimatum to clean up its act and to boost productivity. Lim ordered Farizan to take action against incompetent officers and contractors that gave the council a bad name.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow also declined to elaborate on Md Pilus abrupt exit. He said the state government had asked the council to initiate a clean-up of its administration.

"We began by going through the council’s accounts and then focus on staff,” he said. Chow who is also Penang DAP State Chairman said the state wanted the council to be more efficient and accountable to ratepayers.

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