Starting a new job is both exciting and nerve-wracking. Dato’ Zamri bin Man, 48, is prepared as he takes on the job as the 10th mayor of Ipoh from outgoing mayor, Dato’ Harun Rawi, 60, on Thursday, July 2.
He was a picture of confidence and astuteness when he clocked in at the Ipoh City Council building at 7.45am sharp amidst the glare of publicity from both Council staff and the media.
A graduate of University of Malaya majoring in applied economy, his appointment as mayor takes effect on Wednesday, July 1, following the retirement of Dato’ Harun Rawi on Tuesday, June 30.
Zambri received his ‘marching order’ from Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir on July 1.
The new mayor has over 20 years of experience under his belt. He joined the civil service as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer with the Housing and Local Government Ministry in 1994.
He was appointed as president of the Manjung Municipal Council in October 2007, leading the council to some stellar achievements such as being awarded the 5th Best National Local Authority in the Local Authority Star-Rating System and a 5-star rating in the Malaysian Government Portals and Website Assessment 2012.
Clad in a light red batik, the youngish-looking mayor cherished hopes that Ipoh City Council could establish a good working relationship with the media.
“Ipoh, as the capital city of Perak, has progressed rapidly. Its existing policies need to be maintained and strengthened,” stressed Zambri during the press conference.
Cleanliness will be his top priority. Being young is not a negating factor, as it will give him the impetus to take on the heavy responsibilities of a mayor. The presence of a crop of very dedicated and experienced department heads will help lessen his burden. However, support from the media is important as he needs them to publicise his endeavours and programmes.
Present at the media conference was Council Secretary, Mohd Zakuan Zakaria.