DATUK Zulhasnan Rafique, who completed a month as Federal Territories Minister yesterday, will go down to the ground more often to look into problems facing city folk. In particular, he wants to see first hand the concerns of petty traders, the poor and squatters.
He said that the Federal Territories Ministry was a strategic and critical ministry in realising the transformation and the paradigm towards Malaysia becoming an outstanding country.
He said it was first set up in the 1980s, dissolved a few years later and revived in 2004.
“We will have a re-branding of the Federal Territories Ministry. It will be the core and backbone of the three local authorities in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan,” he said.
Last month, the ministry held a retreat-style discussion on its entertainment policy, during which views were gathered and fine-tuned before a decision was taken. A similar session will be held by the end of this month on its petty traders policy.
“Other retreats planned are on the control of green lungs, public amenities, advertisements and other existing systems,” said Zulhasnan, who served as a deputy minister for two years before he was promoted during the Feb 14 Cabinet reshuffle. He has been the MP for Wangsa Maju since 1999.
Last week, he visited the Putrajaya Corporation where he announced several approaches to popularise the federal government’s administrative centre as a city of flowers, water sports destination and equestrian hub.
Several events have been planned there, including international triathlon and equestrian competitions.
He also announced the setting up of a Study and Strategy Unit comprising consultants, academicians and professionals to help the ministry in its role as a catalyst in the country’s development. - Bernama