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When Chinese can be KL Mayor?

What the heck, this KL Mayor post has been monopolized by Malay for last 38 years. Please do not tell me Malaysia constitution stipulated that KL Mayor post must be a bumi.

These mayors have failed miserably to administer KL as a world class city. Any foreigners who visit KL will tell you KL is one of the dirtiest cities in the world.

It’s time to appoint non-Malay as KL Mayor who can understand KL dwellers better because the majority of them is Chinese.

Fuad may not be back as KL mayor
Stories by BAVANI M

WHEN Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail was appointed as mayor of Kuala Lumpur in mid-December 2008, it was the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, who announced his appointment instead of the then Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique. This was interpreted by observers as a move to restore credibility to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by removing political influence from the local authority’s daily operations.

Now word has it that Fuad’s two-year contract for the hot seat will not be renewed this Dec 14 due, according to a source, to political interference.

The claim is not without foundation. Those who know Fuad well would agree that he is the right man for the task to improve the efficiency of City Hall.

Among journalists, he is also known as a knowledgeable leader who likes to stay on top of things with facts and figures at his finger tips.

Knowledgeable leader: Ahmad Fuad during a meeting with KL MPs.

At the start of his tenure, 10 out of the 11 Kuala Lumpur MPs were full of praises for him.

However, the mayor, seemed to have had his hands tied not long after taking office. It is not hard for those who follow the developments in DBKL to notice that the man has been trying to take a backseat and keep a low profile, especially in the past few months.

According to the same source, Fuad himself has hinted to friends at several Hari Raya open houses recently that he may be leaving DBKL for a different posting.

The source told StarMetro that he would probably be transferred to the Public Services Department (JPA) to become its director-general to prepare him to be the next Chief Secretary to the Government after Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan. Rumour has it that he might even be made an ambassador.

There is also talk that three government officials are in the running for the post should Fuad be replaced.

They are Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry’s deputy-secretary general Datuk Bakaruddin Othman and Housing and Local Government Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Kabit.

All three have experience in running a local government with Phesal being a former Penang Municipal Council president, Bakaruddin a former Selayang Municipal Council president and Ahmad Kabit a former Ampang Jaya Municipal Council president.

Of the three, Phesal is considered the hot favourite due to his position in the hierarchy of the Federal Territories Ministry. The fact that he has been tasked with handling City Hall matters, such as the Ladang Bukit Jalil issue and the Damansara 21 project, and that he is known to be on friendly terms with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin could well tip the scale in his favour.

It is learnt that some Umno members are also lobbying for an ‘Umno-friendly’ mayor in DBKL.

This may well be a critical factor in the choice of the new mayor this time around.

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