As the newly elected Member of Parliament of Kepong, I welcome our Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s announcement on the setting up of 10 crucial ministries. It is prudent to manage with a lean government in order to shed off the extravagance that former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his cabinet is known for.
The Federal Territory (FT) ministry should be done away and the huge annual allocations typically given to the ministry during Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s (Ku Nan) era can now be rightfully used in a more meaningful way, such as helping the urban poor, increasing more public buses and wider bus routes. The money should also be used to spruce up a lot of the low cost housing projects and improve their public amenities in order to bring a more home like environment to the urban poor.
At the same time, the Attorney-General’s office and relevant authorities should immediately look into the transactions involving 64 DBKL owned lands sold with Ku Nan’s consent to assess if the transactions were above boards.
The Official Secrets Act must be lifted up for these agreements so that they can be available for public scrutiny; in particular, the eight blocks of high rise posh condominiums project to be built at Taman Rimba Kiara park.
As a DAP MP in KL, I reiterate my demand to reinstate local government election within the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL). Being the federal capital, DBKL should set the trend for local council elections which need to be reinstated in all local councils throughout the country.
In any democratic, civilized and world class city in the world, the city mayor is elected by the people. Kuala Lumpur is no different.
I will discuss with my fellow MPs in Kuala Lumpur and the government agencies to come out in 100 days the legal framework for the election of the Kuala Lumpur Mayor and its councillors.