Seberang Perai Municipal Council

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Seberang Perai Municipal Council
Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
Flag
Type
Type
History
Founded 1976
Leadership
President
Rozali Mohamud (2017 – )
Municipal Secretary
Rosnani Mahmod (2017 – )
Structure
Seats 24
2017 MPSP.svg
Political groups
Councillors:
Motto
Sustainability is Our Commitment
(Kemampanan Adalah Komitmen Kami)
Meeting place
Headquarters of Seberang Perai Municipal Council in Bukit Mertajam.jpg
Bangunan MPSP, Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam
Website
www.mpsp.gov.my/index.php/en/

The Seberang Perai Municipal Council is the local government which administers Seberang Perai, the mainland half of the State of Penang. This agency is under the purview of the Penang state government.

Established in 1976, Seberang Perai Municipal Council's jurisdiction includes several major towns, such as Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam, Batu Kawan and Nibong Tebal, covering a total area of 738 km2 (285 sq mi). The local council is responsible for urban planning, heritage preservation, public health, sanitation, waste management, traffic management, environmental protection, building control, social and economic development, and general maintenance of urban infrastructure.

The headquarters of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council is Bangunan MPSP at the Bandar Perda township, about 3.15 km (1.96 mi) west of Bukit Mertajam proper.

History[edit]

Province Wellesley (now Seberang Perai) had been acquired in stages by the British East India Company in the early 19th century.[1][2] The principal town within Province Wellesley, Butterworth, began to develop sometime in the 1850s.

However, the history of local governance in Seberang Perai only began in earnest towards the end of the 19th century. In 1896, the first Municipal Ordinance was introduced to ensure the smooth administration of Penang's local authorities.[1] Another legislation was passed in 1913, permitting the establishment of three Rural Boards and a Town Board within Province Wellesley.[1][2][3]

The four local authorities were:

  • Butterworth Town Board
  • Province Wellesley North Rural District Board
  • Province Wellesley Central Rural District Board
  • Province Wellesley South Rural District Board

The evolution of the local governments in Province Wellesley continued in 1952, when the four local boards were upgraded into local councils. These upgrades took effect within the following year. In addition, the Bukit Mertajam Town Council was formed in 1953, thus increasing the total number of local authorities in Province Wellesley to five.[3][4][5] The five local authorities at the time were:

  • Butterworth Town Council
  • Bukit Mertajam Town Council
  • Province Wellesley North Rural District Council
  • Province Wellesley Central Rural District Council
  • Province Wellesley South Rural District Council

In 1961, both the Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam town councils were merged with their surrounding rural councils, the Province Wellesley North and Central rural councils, respectively.[1][2][4] Later on in 1973, the remaining three Rural District Councils were also merged into a single local authority that encompasses all of Seberang Perai, the Seberang Perai Local Government Management Board.[6]

Following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1976, the local board was succeeded by the Seberang Perai Municipal Council.[1] At that point, the municipal council's jurisdiction covered an area of over 738 km2 (285 sq mi), encompassing all of Seberang Perai and a few offshore islets, making it the largest municipal council in Malaysia in terms of land size.

Between 1976 and 2015, the Seberang Perai Municipal Council was one of the only two local governments in Penang, alongside the Penang Island Municipal Council which administered Penang Island, including George Town. In 2015, the Penang Island Municipal Council was succeeded by the present-day Penang Island City Council, leaving the Seberang Perai Municipal Council as the sole municipal council in Penang.

Areas of jurisdiction[edit]

The Seberang Perai Municipal Council administers all three districts of Seberang Perai, as well as the two islets off the coastline of Seberang Perai - Aman Island and Gedung Island.[7] Over 738 km2 (285 sq mi) of the mainland half of Penang is therefore under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Council.

District Major towns
North Seberang Perai Butterworth
Kepala Batas
Central Seberang Perai Bukit Mertajam
Juru
Perai
Seberang Jaya
South Seberang Perai Batu Kawan
Nibong Tebal

Organisation[edit]

The Municipal Council is headed by the President, who is assisted by a Municipal Secretary and 24 councillors.[8] The President's term lasts for two years, while each of the 24 councillors is appointed for a one-year term by the Penang state government.[9] Penang-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are allocated three of the 24 councillor posts to allow for the participation in policy-making by Penang's civil societies.[10]

The current President of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council is Rozali Mohamud, who assumed office in 2017.[11] At the time of writing, the position of the Municipal Secretary is held by Rosnani Mahmod.

Councillors[edit]

As of 10 May 2018, the councillors of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council are as listed below.[12]

Councillor Political Affiliation
Anuar Yusoff PKR
David Marshel Pakianathan DAP
Fadzil Hj Abdullah Amanah
Hamizah Abdul Manab none (NGO)
Heng Yeh Shiuan DAP
Johnson Anthonysamy PKR
Kumar Kanapathy DAP
Mohamad Shaipol Ismail DAP
Mohd Sharmizan Haji Mohamad Nor PKR
Ong Jing Cheng PKR
Seow Kweng Tian PKR
Shuhada Abdul Rahim PKR
Tan Chee Teong DAP
Tan Cheong Heng DAP
Thomas Loh Wei Pheng DAP
Tiun Ling Ta none (NGO)
Woo Sze Zeng DAP
Wong Chee Keet none (NGO)
Zaini Awang PKR
Zulkiply Ishak Amanah

Departments[edit]

The Municipal Council also comprises the following departments and units.[13]

Department Director
Building Commissioner Norlizawati Sidek
Community Services Norhayati Sulaiman
Corporate and International Relations Wan Junaidy Yahaya
Engineering Hj Baderul Amin Abdul Hamid
Health Services Sujatha R. Saravanan
Information Technology and Communication Abdul Fikri Ridzauudin Abdullah
Internal Auditing Asma Othman
Landscape Shaqhrony Md Yusoff
Law Enforcement Nazri Abdul Wahab
Legal Rosnada Abu Hassan
Licensing Mohd Faidrol Mohd Radzi
Management and Human Resource Siti Haslinda Hasan
Municipal Services Mohd Puad Hamid
New Butterworth Normaira Abdul Rahman
One Stop Centre Ismail Abdul Manaf
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Mohd Ridzal Abdul
Town Planning Norliza Abdullah
Treasury Shahrulnizad Abd Razak
Valuation and Property Management Mat Nasir Hassan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "History". www.mpsp.gov.my. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "Province Wellesley or Seberang Perai? - anilnetto.com". anilnetto.com. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  3. ^ a b "The history of Bukit Mertajam, Part II:From rural board to town council". The history of Bukit Mertajam, Part II:From rural board to town council,. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Penang". Penang. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  5. ^ "The Penang Island City agenda". www.thesundaily.my. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Local Counsel - Butterworth eyes better times". www.thesundaily.my. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Laman Rasmi Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai". www.mpsp.gov.my. Retrieved 2017-04-29. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Organizational Chart". www.mpsp.gov.my. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Newbies pledge to give their best - Community | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  10. ^ "New list of city councillors to be tabled on Jan 4 - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  11. ^ "New Mayor for Penang Island City Council". www.thesundaily.my. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  12. ^ "Councillors 2018". www.mpsp.gov.my. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 
  13. ^ ":: iDirektori". idirektori.penang.gov.my. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 

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