KLANG Municipal Council (MPK) finally welcomed its 12th president, Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin, who was officially sworn in on Tuesday (May 19), 49 days after he received his appointment letter.
A father of six, Fadzli had previously served as the management development and innovation cluster head at the National Institute of Public Administration.
He promised to listen to people’s opinions and put the municipality in a "positive light".
“Our council must be people oriented. We are going to respect the opinions of the people.
"Our senior officers and area supervisors must work with the people for a better outcome. We must plan for Klang’s progress.
“Our staff must give good customer service, be accountable and put the people first, ” he said.
He will serve as council president for two years and his term ends on April 1,2022.
Fadzli has developed a reputation for being accessible and he believes in leading by example and taking an effort to guide his staff.
Since his appointment, he has been going around Klang to obtain a first-hand understanding on complaints lodged with the council.
"I want to get the officers to bridge the gap, prioritise and come up with plans that can resolve the people’s problems and make Klang better," he said.
Fadzli, who holds a doctorate in business administration, fills a post that had been left vacant by Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin, who was transferred out in mid-November 2019.
Yasid is now the Community Development Department (Kemas) director-general.
Fadzli said he never expected that his tenure as Klang’s council president would start with leading the community through the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Asked how MPK had confronted Covid-19 in the district, he said no municipal council ever wants to have such a disease in its area but with help of the Health Ministry, it had implemented strategies to create a level of stability while protecting the people’s health.
On the economic impact to Klang, he said the council’s Information Department had created Klang i-Plaza, an online business platform that had helped more than 950 Bazaar Juadah Ramadan traders to continue to sell their traditional food.
“Our council was steadfast in pushing for local economic stability where in April we gave rental exemptions of RM701,445 to businesses housed in council buildings, while 65,320 properties were exempted from the Notice E fee fines amounting to an estimated RM1.3mil.
“On top of that, 63 of MPK’s top management had their salaries cut for the month of May and June, and this was then contributed to the Special Covid-19 Aid Fund, ” he added.
Fadzli said that the Covid-19 crisis had built some level of strength with all stakeholders and the council, where it will help MPK move forward in future challenges.
“We at MPK are going to work with all residents' associations and Rukun Tetangga to ensure that basic amenities are in good condition be it the drainage networks, roads, or streetlights.
"We must also see to it that private contractors who clean the drains do not shirk from their duties, ” he said.
He added that he would speak to all department heads and council staff to tell them what he expects and what needs to be achieved within the next three to six months.
While Fadzli knows he will face challenges ahead, he said he is still confident that at the end of his term, the council would be seen in a positive light.
“It is not going to be stress-free or accomplished quickly, but it can be done through a problem-solving partnership.
"I look forward to working with all councillors, staff and community leaders, ” he said.
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