Would like to tell the Shah Alam MP — who has been thanks to a longstanding weird system, allowed to judge when Kuala Lumpur citizens have the right to determine their own local councils — that he should not delay local elections, or try a hybrid appointed and elected, or worst of all appoint the mayor.
The mayor is the executive, it’s the most crucial part of the jigsaw.
Power to the people not the technocrats.
Much of my family are Kuala Lumpur citizens, and as a business owner inside Kuala Lumpur, I disagree with him, vehemently. I’ve been asking openly for this for almost two decades.
Why not just ask the people of Kuala Lumpur?
Wait, there was the general election two months ago, and all eleven seats in the city voted for Pakatan Harapan — even the Batu independent was campaigning as Pakatan with the full support of the coalition — so maybe, that’s a sign?
And if that is not enough for Khalid Samad, incidentally had his brother Shahrir Samad as the FT minister back in the 1980s, then perhaps a referendum.
Because I believe, Khalid is less interested in the actual people who live in Kuala Lumpur, and more interested with the personnel at Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) who are quivering in their seats realising time is up and their days of riding the horses around the city without purpose are over; and the Malay far right which has concerns about whether there will be enough “Malayness” in the elected group.
Our city is dirty, every districts drainage is a joke, it has instant flooding because the infrastructure is shoddy. Most KL folks can live with fewer festive lights and lines of lights to recognise some obscure holiday or international celebration or another, if they don’t have to suffer the floods. Harsh laws on littering and rubbish collection (including separating waste) are long overdue. Unplanned stalls everywhere because they have good relations with DBKL must go. The permission to build random foodcourts without customers or tenants but with rats and cats must be curtailed.
The buses in the city must grow, and the disincentives to bring private vehicles into the city must arrive.
These won’t happen under an appointment system or through federal control.
The best people to be invested in the problem are those living the problems, and they are the Kuala Lumpur people.
A city for more than a hundred years, but never a chance for its own people to determine its services. What cruelty is that?
No wonder it reeks all over.
I’m sure the minister would not fancy his seat of Shah Alam federalised because it is the state capital.
Plus minister I have been to your seat’s council foodcourt in Seksyen 17, Shah Alam where they have the pasar malam on the parking lot. The whole place is in disrepair.
I think the people of Kuala Lumpur can’t put up with more time-buying and ploys to appease the civil service indefinitely while things go south.
But sure, if you still disagree, let’s have that referendum in Kuala Lumpur.