Curtain raised for Selangor village head election

Cha Keng Lee

Selangor’s inaugural village head election last Sunday saw Kg Baru Sg Jarom incumbent village head Tan Ching Hin retain his position uncontested while a straight fight is set to take place in Kg Bagan Pulau Ketam.

The two villages, together with Pandamaran, were selected by Selangor Government as part of a pilot project to conduct a direct village head election.

However, Tan’s victory in Jenjarom caused a stir as he changed his home address on his identification card at the eleventh hour.

According to Nanyang Siang Pau, Tan was facing potential disqualification earlier as his home address was excluded from Kg Baru Sg Jarom electoral roll, a condition set by Selangor Government.

However, he managed to amend the address on identification card to his childhood home inside the village, which made him a qualified candidate.

With no opponent during the nomination period between 9am and 11am, Tan was announced the winner of the seat by Kuala Langat Acting District Officer Siti Amrah.

Meanwhile in Pulau Ketam, incumbent village chief Cha Keng Lee will take on fish distributor and PKR member Chua Chin Song on a straight fight.

According to The Star report, hotel operator Cha said he wanted another chance to lead to maintain the island’s peace and harmony.

Cha also expressed his ambition to spur tourism industry of the island and correct the villagers’ mindset of dumping rubbish indiscriminately.

Chua, on the other hand, also pledged to improve the island’s cleanliness and tourism.

3,600 eligible voters on the island will be casting their votes on July 31. The polling centre will be at Balai Raya JKKK Kampung Bagan.

For Pandamaran, the nomination day will be held on August 7 while the polling day is on Aug 14.