Manikumar appointed state exco member

undi-manikumarS Manikumar who won the Bukit Selambau state seat by-election on April 7, was today appointed state executive councillor in charge of domestic trade and consumer affairs.

He filled the portfolio left vacant by former state exco member V Arumugam from PKR who had resigned as Bukit Selambau assemblyperson.

Manikumar will also be in charge of Siamese and Indian affairs, plantation workers and unity.

Manikumar, 35, earlier took his oath of office before the Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah, before the investiture ceremony held in conjunction with the Sultan’s 81st birthday, at Istana Anak Bukit, here.

Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak, Speaker Dr Abdul Isa Ismail, all the other state exco members and senior state government officials were among those present.

Eight pledges

Manikumar had defeated Barisan Nasional’s MIC candidate S Ganesan in the Bukit Selambau by-election with a majority of 2,403 votes.

Manikumar obtained 12,632 votes against Ganesan’s 10,229 votes.

Preciously, Manikumar made eight pledges that he vowed to fulfill if he won the seat.

On the top of the list was to set up a service centre closer to Bukit Selambau within 48 hours of winning the seat because he wants residents of the rural township, located about 30km from here, to be able to reach him easily.

Next is the launching of an ‘Elected Representative Action Plan’, which would touch on various aspects such as the economy, religion, inter-racial relationship, education and welfare.

“I will also provide free tuition classes to poor children under a voluntary teachers programme,” Manukumar had told a press conference.

The other five pledges are to work with the police to reduce crime in the constituency; improve amenities; conduct people’s empowerment programmes; provide services to all constituents; and helping the underprivileged


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