NEWLY appointed Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid hopes to improve the service delivery system to maintain public satisfaction.
Zulkefli, who started out as a clerk at the then Johor Baru Municipal Council, has a special interest is administration development.
It was the topic for his master’s thesis in political science as Hulu Langat district officer in 2018.
“I did my studies in Hulu Langat, focusing on problems in rural development and effective distribution of government allocations.
“I looked at how people could have access to roads in their area and for public halls to be maintained for their benefit, ” he said.
Zulkefli studied how politicians played a part in the administrative process.
“Sometimes when people wanted things done, they would ask politicians to bring the matter up with the district officer.
“From there, the administration was able to fairly distribute resources to ensure people could receive good service.
“This explains how Hulu Langat could maintain its natural heritage even though it was a popular eco-tourism destination.”
Now as head of MPKj, Zulkefli plans to look into cost and manpower distribution for public sanitation and enforcement methods to ensure that food courts, restaurants, malls and wet markets comply with standard operating procedures under the movement control order (MCO).
“As the local authority, the council has to help the government ensure the public is following the guidelines.
“At the same time, it must rethink new ways of service delivery to the public following the guidelines, ” said Zulkefli who will be sworn-in as president today.
As of May 4, the Hulu Langat district, a large part of which is under MPKj, is a Covid-19 red area with 47 active cases, including four in Kajang.
Zulkefli said due to the MCO, the council would not be organising any events but programmes were ongoing to raise awareness of how the public can play their part to flatten the curve.
He also spoke about the issue of illegal dumping in Kajang.
This is something Zulkefli knows well, having served as deputy president at MPKj for three years before becoming Hulu Langat district officer and later, Selangor Land and Mines Department director.
“We take a serious stand on this as when we have to clean an area, it is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“When I was district officer, we took action against land owners where illegal dumping had taken place by confiscating their land, ” he said.
Describing Zulkefli’s style of leadership as one that focuses on teamwork, MPKj public relations head Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman said the council was happy to have him back.
“We welcome his appointment as it is easy to work with him, ” said Kamarul.
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