KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman announced that after consulting with most of the state Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders, the state government has decided to appoint Datuk Abidin Madingkir as the new and third mayor of Kota Kinabalu. The announcement ended speculations as to who the new mayor would be should Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim’s tenure not be extended.
There had been requests from the Chinese business community for the state government to consider appointing a Chinese as mayor and similar requests from the KadazanDusun Murut community that an individual of their ethnicity be considered.
Iliyas whose term ends on Feb 2, has served three terms as City Hall mayor.
Musa in a statement yesterday said Madingkir, who is the Local Government and Housing Ministry’s permanent secretary, has vast experience in public service having held various senior government posts for a number of years.
“I am confident that Datuk Abidin will do a good job and raise the quality of living in Kota Kinabalu city,” he said. Musa thanked Iliyas for a job well done during his three terms as mayor and added the latter had done well in improving the condition and landscape of the city.
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