6 MPs appointed members of FT minister’s council

FT Minister Khalid Samad.

PUTRAJAYA: Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad has appointed six Kuala Lumpur MPs as members of the minister’s council to assist in the duties of the Federal Territories ministry (KWP) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

He said the appointment letters were presented on Monday and involved MPs who do not hold government posts such as minister, deputy minister or special envoys.

The MPs and their portfolios are Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Setiawangsa) for education; Fong Kui Lun (Bukit Bintang) for tourism, arts and culture; P Prabakaran (Batu) for youth and sports; Dr Tan Yee Kew (Wangsa Maju) for health and women’s affairs; Lim Lip Eng (Kepong) for traffic and infrastructure; and Fahmi Fadzil (Lembah Pantai) for social and economic development.

“We want to ensure the MPs in Kuala Lumpur are also involved in the government administration even though they are not appointed as minister, deputy minister or special envoy.

“This will expose them to administration and experience in running the government,” he said here today.

According to Khalid, most of the portfolios will be chaired by the Kuala Lumpur mayor Nor Hisham A Dahlan. Khalid will chair the tourism, arts and culture portfolio, while his deputy, Shahrudin Mohd Salleh, will be in charge of the social and economic development portfolio.

On another matter, when asked on the protest by food truck traders near Dataran Merdeka yesterday because DBKL did not issue licences to trade in the area, Khalid said the matter had been resolved.

“Initially, when we wanted them to move to the area, many complained it was difficult. Now, suddenly they want to come there to trade.

“In the beginning, only 12-14 food truck were interested but now 40 food truck traders want to join in.

“As such, we decided they should take turns to trade along the Sultan Abdul Samad building. The matter will be discussed further with the mayor,” he said.

He said the change of location to Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, to replace the stalls along the lanes along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India was considered successful.

“We will be conducting a post-mortem after this and we will share the actual situation but many traders appear happy. Some traders even sent me baju Melayu and I assume they are satisfied.”

He also said a proposal paper by the ministry for the Taman Rimba Kiara development project would be ready by tomorrow for distribution to the related ministries and the Attorney- General’s Chambers for comments next week.