City Hall departments managing Kuala Lumpur

THERE are four sectors, with 21 departments and three units, with a workforce comprising about 10,000 people.

Here are brief descriptions of the departments that have not been featured, but nevertheless play significant roles in the management of the capital city.

Legal and Prosecution Department

Established in the 1960s, this department’s mission is to protect the mayor’s interest from a legal standpoint.

It is led by Rohayah Karim, who is assisted by two deputies, eight legal officers and 12 assistant legal officers.

Internal Audit Department

This department was established on July 1, 2011 and led by director Zainab Hamzah, who is supported by 25 officers and staff, she reports directly to the mayor.

Its function is to conduct audits in an honest, trustworthy and independent manner and submit balanced reports to enhance the management accountability of DBKL.

Quantity Surveying Department

Mohd Sahak Surip is the director of this department, which is responsible for providing efficient and transparent services in contract administration, cost control and project management.

In 2012, the department made structural changes and created five divisions, namely urban infrastructure, building and information technology, landscape and recreation, privatisation, civil works and administration. It also has a finance unit for better management.

Licensing and Petty Trader Management Department

This department, led by director Rolan Abd Rahman, ensures the licence application process and decision is made accordingly, as well as monitoring of the law enforcement to control business development.

Urban Transportation Department

Director Dr Leong Siew Mun and his team work on managing mechanical engineering services, which includes planning, design-ing, implementing, operating and maintaining.

These services include vehicles and work equipment logistics, building mechanical and electrical services such as elevator and water supply, public mechanical and electrical facility services such as flood control pump houses and crematoriums, as well as solid waste management.

Project Implementation and Building Maintenance Department

In line with DBKL’s vision in making Kuala Lumpur a world-class city by the year 2020, this department, led by director Jaafar Sahari, plays an important role in carrying out public housing projects, public facilities such as community halls, multipurpose halls, public toilets, community centres, public clinics, cemeteries, crematoriums, libraries, markets, stalls/petty traders centres, sports and recreational facilities, children’s playgrounds and recreational parks, among others.

This department has been operating since 1976, then named Special Projects Department. Since then it has played an important role in the development of public housing projects in are such as Cheras, Lembah Pantai, Gombak, Sentul and Setapak Jaya.

Mechanical Engineering Department

This department is managed by director Abdul Jamil Abd Rahman who is responsible for providing the necessary engineering and vehicle logistical services to all departments.

It was established in 1977 and was known as Workshop and Store Department. Its name was changed a few times as its responsibilities expanded and the department now deals directly with government agencies and the public in areas related to mechanical and electrical engineering such as enforcement, emergency aids and sporting events.

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