Call to expedite local government elections


The meeting marks the first between Save Kuala Lumpur and the city’s MPs.

Local government elections and gazetting the city’s draft plan were the two main topics discussed at the first meeting between Save Kuala Lumpur coalition and Kuala Lumpur MPs.

Save Kuala Lumpur chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said efforts to conduct local government elections should start now and not in three years as explained by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

“It has been done before, when Kuala Lumpur was still under Selangor.

“I agree that fine-tuning the framework is necessary but it should not take more than six months,” Abdul Aziz said.

He added that the people wanted to elect the mayor and councillors.

“At present, we do not feel that we are represented well and many decisions in the past were made without the people’s consent,” he said.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said there were other issues with the elections that needed to be addressed first such as financial means and the decision on who should be included in the electoral roll.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh lauded the push for elected councillors for delegation of work to be smoother.

“Currently, MPs are bogged down by complaints on DBKL and have no time to look at other issues in our constituency,” she said.

Abdul Aziz also urged the MPs to push for the Kuala Lumpur draft plan 2020 to be gazetted.

“The gazette has been delayed for far too long and amendments to the base plan in 2008 have been made without our consent throughout the years,” he said, adding that the people were kept in the dark on the exact changes as they only received the amended copy.

“The manner of the public viewing was also very technical and not friendly to the layman.

“We want the base plan drafted in 2008 to be gazetted – not the current amended version.

“For projects that started after amendments were made, perhaps a record could be kept of its history, as nothing much can be done.

“For projects that have not begun, the development order should be pulled back immediately and the developer should submit a fresh application, if any,” he said.

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil suggested that a working group be set up between the members of the coalition and MPs or their representatives, to work towards their objectives constructively.

Also present were Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun and Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.


   

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