FT minister: Umno appointees on DBKL advisory board must leave

Minister Khalid Abdul Samad says he will review existing contracts and policies in DBKL to ensure that there are no irregularities.

PUTRAJAYA: Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad says members of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) advisory board who are political appointees installed on “Umno tickets” must resign as Barisan Nasional is no longer the government of the day.

Khalid Samad.

He said they would be replaced with qualified MPs with DBKL’s approval.

“All MPs in Kuala Lumpur should be given a proper role in DBKL because they were elected by the people in the 14th general election.

“This decision was taken after discussions with MPs in Kuala Lumpur who complained that many DBKL projects were implemented without their knowledge although they represented constituents of the area,” he said during a press conference at his office here yesterday.

He had earlier held discussions with 10 MPs in Kuala Lumpur on issues of management and development in the city.

Khalid said the issues discussed at the meeting would be submitted to Kuala Lumpur mayor Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz on Friday. He added that a proposal would be prepared to be brought to the Cabinet for further consideration.

Khalid said he wanted DBKL to hold monthly meetings with Kuala Lumpur MPs, and that he would review existing contracts and policies to ensure that there are no irregularities.

“Among them is the KL City Plan which has yet to be gazetted. This will be reviewed, and discussions will be held with the relevant parties immediately.

“Projects that have caused disputes and the sale of parcels of land that have raised concerns will also be scrutinised.”