DBKL points finger at MP over Ramadan bazaar mess

DBKL officers have been accused of abusing power by allocating lots to contacts and cronies who in turn sub-let or sell the lots to the highest bidders. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is now blaming Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun for the Jalan Masjid India Ramadan bazaar lots mess.

Its Licensing and Petty Traders Development Department director Anwar Mohd Zain said he was forced to approve an application for bazaar lots from a PPBM youth leader, Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim, after receiving a support letter from Fong.

“We said no initially, but he (Noorhisyam) kept pestering us and we only gave in after receiving the Bukit Bintang MP ’s support letter,’’ Anwar was quoted as saying by The Star.

Anwar said this following a report over a “Ramadan bazaar scandal” in Jalan Masjid India involving Mohd Noorhisyam, who is accused of misusing political connections to secure 80 bazaar lots and renting it out for as high as RM5,000 per lot.

“We also agreed after he claimed that he was only doing it to help poor people earn some money for Hari Raya,’’ The Star quoted Anwar as saying.

Anwar said, according to the Star report, that DBKL made it clear to Noorhisyam he must ensure he received the co-operation of the shop owners in the Jalan Masjid India area.

“There was no more space for new lots there, but we allowed them to put up stalls near the Maybank area as long as it did not interfere with traffic,’’ he said.

Anwar said DBKL had scrapped its old system of allocating bazaar lots to political parties in 2014. The system prior to 2014 had been mired in controversy, with various parties alleging corruption and nepotism, according to the report.

DBKL officers, the Star reported, had always been accused of abusing power by allocating lots to contacts and cronies who in turn sub-let or sell the lots to the highest bidders.

The report also quoted Bukit Bintang PPBM chief Zailani Isausuludin as saying he would be lodging a report regarding the matter with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission.