‘No conflict of interest in foundation’

Khalid (left) launching the KL Bersih campaign with Ibrahim and Mohd Musri in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

YAYASAN Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) is under the purview of the Federal Territories Ministry to ensure greater control, transparency and accountability, said minister Khalid Abdul Samad.

“The projects that YWP undertake and how it spends its money will be scrutinised by the Federal Territories consultative council comprising 11 Kuala Lumpur MPs.

“This is to ensure the management and usage of funds are done responsibly,” he said.

Khalid was commenting on the recent Court of Appeal’s decision to nullify a public objection hearing conducted under Rule 5 by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for a high-density project on YWP land.

There were claims that DBKL had failed to give technical reports such as the traffic impact and social impact assessment during the project hearing.

Residents who took the matter to the Court also raised concerns of bias as the then Kuala Lumpur mayor also sat on the YWP board.

“I think the issue is that the Court said the public hearing was not carried out effectively, probably because of the conflict of interest, but it did not rule that the mayor should not be in YWP.

“If there were individuals benefiting from YWP and this is proven, then it is not conflict of interest.

“It is a question of accountability and transparency (of the said individual) and the governance (of YWP) that we must try to overcome,” he said during a press conference after the launch of the KL Bersih campaign at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Khalid added that the practice of having the mayor sit on the board was not wrong as there were also Mentri Besar incorporated companies and bodies in other states.

“YWP is the welfare arm where we give projects and through these projects, generate funds so that it can undertake welfare works, which was what DBKL had done all this while.

“It is not a ‘sendirian berhad’ and the mayor has no share in it where whatever profits go to YWP,” he said.

On the Taman Tiara Titiwangsa case, Khalid said DBKL would be holding another Rule 5 public hearing for the project.

KL Bersih is a series of awareness programmes that advocates Kuala Lumpur folk keep the city clean and learn how to manage waste.

The initiative will involve corporate sectors, city dwellers, volunteers and stakeholders to clean up the city and work together towards a greener Kuala Lumpur.

Khalid added that the campaign would start at PPR Beringin and PPR Seri Alam in Kuala Lumpur.

“We will form a smart partnership with stakeholders and focus on these PPRs.

“This month, we will launch several cleanliness programmes.

“The PPRs that benefited from the programme will be used as an example to promote future programmes,” he said.

Also present during the event were KL Bersih campaign director Mohd Musri Mohd Hassan@Sapar, Alam Flora chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zain Hassan and DBKL executive director (socio-economic department) Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff.

The programme’s strategic partners include YTL Group; JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur; Limkokwing University of Creative Technology; Alam Flora Pavilion; Sky World; Sungei Wang Plaza and Aset Kayamas.

The campaign was managed by Turnkey Events with the support of the FT Ministry, DBKL and Creative Dakwah Club.

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