Green initiative advocate: Ahmad Phesal (second from right) at the Kuala Lumpur Car-Free Day programme. —filepic
KUALA Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal’s tenure has been extended for one more year.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor told StarMetro that the Government had agreed to renew Ahmad Phesal’s contract for one more year to allow him more time to complete his work.
“We felt that the mayor needed more time to see through several projects and it was only right that
he be given the time to do so,” Tengku Adnan said.
Ahmad Phesal, whose two-year term is due to expire on July 18, will now get a one-year extension until July 2015.
This confirmation by Tengku Adnan ends months of speculation that a new man will helm
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as Datuk Bandar.
Many in DBKL felt that Ahmad Phesal, who was appointed as the 10th Kuala Lumpur mayor on July 18, 2012, should be given more time to achieve what he had set out to do.
Local government experts have, in fact, long called for a longer duration for the post of mayor as they believe that two years is not enough to enable a mayor to see his plans through.
A source from within DBKL said the controversy generated by the assessment rate increase had unfairly put the mayor in a bad light, but Ahmad Phesal would be prepared to serve if given the opportunity.
Kuala Lumpur has chalked up several successes under the leadership of Ahmad Phesal, a former FT Ministry secretary-general who has been in public service for more than 35 years.
A notable achievement is City Hall’s “OSC 1Submission” procedure, initiated to cut red tape for developers when applying and submitting development plans.
DBKL introduced a 12-step procedure for developers when applying for a development order, which saves both parties a lot of time.
Initiatives like this helped Malaysia become the sixth easiest country to do business, according to the World Bank Doing Business Report 2014.
An advocate of green initiatives as well, the mayor has been instrumental in seeing more than 100,000 trees planted in the city, along with the introduction of the Kuala Lumpur Car-Free Day programme that was launched in January this year.