17 November 2018

Shahidan becomes longest serving Perlis Menteri Besar

Shahidan becomes longest serving Perlis Menteri Besar

REGENT of Perlis (R) presents the appointment document to Shahidan Kassim during a ceremony at Istana Arau in Kangar, March 25. - Bernamapix.

KANGAR March 25 - Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim was Thursday sworn in as Perlis Menteri Besar, making him the longest serving menteri besar in the state.

Previous menteris besar had never served more than two terms.

Shahidan took his oath of office for his third term before the Regent of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail at the Istana Arau near here.

Also present was his wife, Datin Seri Shamsiah Mohd Yassin.

Shahidan, who will celebrate his 53rd birthday on June 17, is also the assemblyman for Tambun Tulang, his birthplace.

In last Sunday's general election, Shahidan retained the seat he held since 1995 with a majority of 1,742 votes when he polled 4,422 votes against 2,680 votes by his opponent, Pas Information Chief Datuk Dr Haron Din. In the 1999 General Election, his majority was 877 votes.

Shahidan, the father of five, obtained his primary education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Tambun Tulang and secondary education at Sekolah Menengah Datuk Sheikh Ahmad, Arau.

He went to further his studies at Universiti Malaya (UM) where he gained an honours degree in Arts. After that he did his Master's in rural development at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Holland.

Shahidan made his election debut in 1986 when he contested the Arau parliamentary seat, which he held for two terms before moving to Tambun Tulang in 1995.

His political career peaked in 1997 when he was appointed as Perlis Menteri Besar on April 27.

Speaking to reporters after the swearing-in ceremony, Shahidan said he would focus his new term to attract more investors to the state and in this connection an investment and political advisory committee would be formed.

He said the committee under his chairmanship would be made up of former elected representatives.

Shahidan said the state government would also declare every Saturday as the "people's day" where they could present their problems to the state administration.

"I will also continue visiting the kampungs on foot as frequent as possible together with representatives from government departments, at least once a month," he said.

He said he would station 15 special officers at each service centre of the elected representatives, including in opposition held Sanglang to serve the people.

On members of his State Executive Council, he said he would present the list to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for consideration.

He also said that like in the past, a non-elected member would be appointed as the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly.

"I've the name and will announce it later," he said.

Earlier, the Regent of Perlis in his speech reminded the elected representatives to keep promises they made to the rakyat.

He said they should discharge their duties rationally and should not let emotion to get the better of them.

Syed Faizuddin also wanted them to work together in making Perlis a model state in all fields.