THE people of Kuala Lumpur hope to select their mayor now that Pakatan Harapan has control over the Federal Government.
They also would like to see that the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 be gazetted.
Long-time resident of Bangsar Park, Ramesh Doraisamy hoped to see an elected mayor for Kuala Lumpur.
“Local government election is the way to go. It will go a long way in democratising the running of the city administration,’’ he said.
Agreeing with this, legal expert on local government issues Derek Fernandez said Pakatan would now have direct control of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) through the Federal Territories Ministry.
The new role would give the coalition powers to hold local government elections where the people of Kuala Lumpur could elect their mayor.
For ordinary people like TTDI Residents Association vice-chairman Clinton Ang, the major changes that he would like to see is the gazetting of the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 (DKLCP2020).
“This will certainly put an end to dubious unplanned development in Kuala Lumpur.
“We also want to see Bukit Kiara and Taman Rimba Kiara being gazetted,’’ he added.
Residents like John Ariokasamy said that it would be interesting to see how the new administration handles issues pertaining to over-development and transparency in government tenders.
“We have great hope and confidence in the new management and can’t wait to see them get to work,’’ he added. On polling day DAP won five seats – Bukit Bintang, Cheras, Seputeh, Segambut and Kepong – while PKR won Lembah Pantai, Wangsa Maju, Bandar Tun Razak and Setiawangsa.
Titiwangsa fell to Bersatu’s Rina Harun. While Batu seat was won by independent P. Prabakaran who was later endorsed by Pakatan Harapan.