KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territory DAPSY (DAP Socialist Youth) has taken Kuala Lumpur mayor Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz to task for saying someone from the opposition cannot hold the post of the city mayor.
“Datuk Amin’s comment is no doubt a violation of democratic spirit. Whoever has obtained the people’s mandate, whether from the ruling or opposition party, or even as an independent, should not be denied the position of mayor,” said Federal Territory DAPSY deputy chief Alice Tan.
She was commenting on Amin’s interview with radio station BFM yesterday, saying that there would be a discrepancy between the federal and state level, should the post of mayor be filled by someone from the opposition.
“If you have an elected mayor, I think it will be under opposition because most of the areas are won by them, so there will be a discrepancy between the federal and the state level,” he had told BFM host Sharaad Kuttan.
Tan disagreed, citing how the previous suspension of Kuala Lumpur local government’s elections in the mid-1960s during the Indonesia-Malaya confrontation, had cost its citizens “second vote” rights.
“When the confrontation occurred in the 1960s, the Federal Government declared a state of emergency and suspended local government elections, which were to have taken place soon throughout the whole country.
“The government then passed the Local Government Act 1976 to rationalize the decision to suspend local government elections. When Kuala Lumpur became Federal Territory, its citizens also lost their “second vote” rights,” she said in a statement.
Tan said that Kuala Lumpur, as the capital city of the country, should be the “bellwether to restore local government elections in our country”, and she dismissed Amin’s claim that the Federal Territory should be governed directly under the federal government.
“Canberra even has its own state government. Kuala Lumpur has a population of approximately two million. The Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur’s (DBKL) annual budget has already reached, and is being maintained at a total of more than RM2billion since 2006, which is even higher than the Selangor state budget,” she said.
Alice then challenged Amin to explain why KL taxpayers shouldn’t have their elected representatives decide how DBKL should spend its income and allocations.
“And why should KL-ites observe DBKL laws and regulations if they do not have their elected representatives in the municipal legislative council?” she asked.