CLAIMING that political interference in the running of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is the main reason for corruption, stakeholders are calling for a mayor who is willing to put the interest of residents above politicians.
“Corruption in City Hall stems from political interference and no one should have that kind of influence over the mayor or staff,’’ said Jalan Masjid India Action Council deputy chairman Syed Akbar Ali.
Syed Akbar said corruption had turned Masjid India into a haven for illegal businesses.
“Despite them (DBKL) saying that Kuala Lumpur will be free of street hawkers by 2015, just take a look at Masjid India.
“They close the road all the time and issue licence after licence for hawkers to do business there
“We need a mayor who will not be swayed by anyone and is willing to do the right thing,’’ Syed Akbar said.
Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association president Datuk M. Ali wants a mayor who is independent.
“DBKL must follow Local Agenda 21 and adopt sustainable development policies free from political interference,’’ he said.
“I don’t see this happening now. Take Bangsar as an example. The mushrooming of illegal stalls endorsed by political parties is everywhere and despite complaints, I have been told DBKL’s hands are tied. We don’t want a toothless mayor or toothless DBKL.
Brickfields Rukun Tetangga chairman S.K.K. Naidu said the mayor should be free to make decisions that are in the best interest of residents.
“Brickfields is at the mercy of developers today, so we need a mayor who is fair and just. Residents are still waiting for a police station in Brickfields.
“We are also facing congestion, haphazard parking, illegal hawkers, uncontrolled development and other problems.
“We need a mayor who is free from any form of political interference and who is willing to work with the people.”