FT Minister: DBKL to sort out any issue with Ramadan bazaar lot application


From left) Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Aset Kayamas chairman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abd Samad at the key handover ceremony to bodybuilding athlete Mike Mahen (right) at Residensi Jalilmas in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

ISSUES under the purview of local authorities will be left to the respective agencies to handle, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abd Samad adding that it is not his style to micro-manage.

"I will leave it to local authorities such as Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) to carry out their duties," he said.

"As a minister, I can set the policies but I want to see DBKL and PPj functioning well and carrying out their responsibilities accordingly," said Khalid when asked to comment on the possibility of overlaps happening during the second round of lot drawing for Ramadan bazaar under DBKL.

"The application process for the Ramadan bazaar lots are done online, so overlaps are unlikely to happen," he said.

"However, if there is an overlap, I will leave it to DBKL to sort it out."

Khalid said if the heads of the respective authorities were unable to resolve an issue, the individual or party could then meet the minister to highlight their concerns.

On a proposal to rename the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Khalid said such exercises were done based on people's requests and not leaders' demands.

"In the case of Kampung Kerinchi, the residents felt that name was more suitable based on the history of that area," he said.

"When the Rumawip affordable housing was rebranded into Residensi Wilayah, the rebranding was not only in name but also concept, such as the apartment size," said Khalid after witnessing the key handover ceremony of an apartment unit at Residensi Wilayah to national athlete Mohd Syarul Azman Mahen Abdullah, better known as Mike Mahen.

The three-time bodybuilding world champion received an apartment unit in Bukit Jalil from developer Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd.

The apartment was presented as a corporate social responsibility gesture in recognition of his achievements and contributions to Malaysia.

Also present at the ceremony were Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Aset Kayamas chairman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong and Aset Kayamas group general manager Datuk CK Lee.

Mike received an apartment worth RM228,000 that was fully renovated and furnished. It comes with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and one covered parking unit.

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