The Perak state government has indeed made history by selecting more professionals than politicians for the 338 councillor posts in the state. What amazed me was that for the very first time, a retired senior navy officer has also been named. Others are made up of a former judge, doctors, lawyers, professors and teachers, besides politicians. I am sure this will be a good mix of councillors set to do work and perform, in the interest of the public.
The selection made by the Perak government is unprecedented and should serve as an example to other states, who in the past has selected mainly politicians to the posts.
By selecting a retired senior navy officer to the post of councillor, the government of Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaludin has given due recognition to the Armed Forces and in particular the Royal Malaysia Navy. I am quite sure the officer will not fail in his duty, because all officers of the Armed Forces are trained to serve, to the best of their ability.
Being an ex-member of the Armed Forces too, I give my thanks and respect to Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar for his recognition of a fellow member of the Armed Forces.