KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will take over all the so-called ICU halls built on its land but controlled by political parties, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
“DBKL will decide, on a case by case basis, who will manage these halls.
“If there are no interested parties, the halls could be managed by DBKL branch offices,” said Khalid, who explained that the halls were built by the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU), under the Prime Minister’s Department.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng had earlier called attention to the existence of these so-called "ICU Halls" all over Kuala Lumpur and how they were controlled by political parties.
“There are over 20 such halls in Kepong, located in residential areas or by the roadside,” he said.
“Most of them are controlled by political parties such as Umno, who sublet these halls to businesses such as car wash service, martial arts class, kindergarten and scrap metal collection.
“These halls sit on government land, so it is only fair that they be returned to DBKL.”
Lim said the most appropriate bodies to manage and use the halls would be residents associations.
“As a warning, (I would say) the political parties and existing building managers should surrender the keys of these ICU Halls to DBKL before any action, including legal action, is taken,” he added.
Khalid announced the takeover of the hall after chairing the third Federal Territories consultative council meeting attended by all 11 Kuala Lumpur MPs or their representatives, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan and DBKL directors.
As part of the briefing for MPs on the Federal Territory Ministry’s and DBKL’s policies and directions, Khalid said the MPs had been asked to form a Residents Representative Council (MPP) in their respective constituencies.
“The MPP’s structure is such that it is formed and appointed by the MP, with the budget coming from the Federal Territories Ministry,” he said.
“This is to ensure that the views and problems of KL folk are attended to and resolved by DBKL,” he said.