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DBKL must be accountable and transparent
FocusM team | 10 Nov 2017 00:30
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor must be commended for finally meeting up with residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur for a dialogue recently. 

The residents had been trying to meet him for one-and-a-half years to discuss a proposed housing project at a nearby park. He not only met them but also provided his phone number so they could call him directly. 

Tengku Adnan said his office and his officers are always open for the residents to discuss matters. Letters sent to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will also be replied to within a month. “You, the rakyat, are our bosses. We ministers and our staff are your servants,” he said. 

Such remarks and promises are rare among politicians. We hope more ministers and civil servants in the country will emulate Tengku Adnan. DBKL officers, in particular, should take note.  

That’s because the recent controversy over the demolishing of seven stalls outside a complex in Brickfields bears close scrutiny. For one, the licensed stall owners who had been operating there for 40 years were not given an ultimatum. 

DBKL enforcement officers came in the wee hours of the morning and demolished the stalls. They claimed the order was based on a letter issued by the Prime Minister’s Department. Strangely, they could not produce the letter when asked.

A special officer to the Prime Minister was quoted as saying he was not aware of the letter. This is serious. Are certain quarters abusing the PM Department’s name? 

Why hasn’t DBKL or Tengku Adnan, for that matter, come out with a statement? Shouldn’t those who misuse the PM Department’s name be severely punished? 

There seems to be no accountability and transparency in this whole matter. Perhaps the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should step in and investigate. 
  
If DBKL can’t even manage this issue transparently, how is it going to manage multi-billion-ringgit projects for the benefit of ratepayers? Isn’t it any surprise DBKL continues to receive flak from ratepayers over potholed roads, faulty streetlights and unsightly landscaping and illegal stalls? 

As the country’s business capital, it is unacceptable for KL to be in this condition. DBKL should be more business-friendly. We hope with the minister’s new resolve, things will finally begin to improve. The residents had been trying to meet him for one-and-a-half years to discuss a proposed housing project at a nearby park. He not only met them but also provided his phone number so they could call him directly. 

Tengku Adnan said his office and his officers are always open for the residents to discuss matters. Letters sent to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will also be replied to within a month. “You, the rakyat, are our bosses. We ministers and our staff are your servants,” he said. 

Such remarks and promises are rare among politicians. We hope more ministers and civil servants in the country will emulate Tengku Adnan. DBKL officers, in particular, should take note.  

That’s because the recent controversy over the demolishing of seven stalls outside a complex in Brickfields bears close scrutiny. For one, the licensed stall owners who had been operating there for 40 years were not given an ultimatum. 

DBKL enforcement officers came in the wee hours of the morning and demolished the stalls. They claimed the order was based on a letter issued by the Prime Minister’s Department. Strangely, they could not produce the letter when asked.

A special officer to the Prime Minister was quoted as saying he was not aware of the letter. This is serious. Are certain quarters abusing the PM Department’s name? 

Why hasn’t DBKL or Tengku Adnan, for that matter, come out with a statement? Shouldn’t those who misuse the PM Department’s name be severely punished? 

There seems to be no accountability and transparency in this whole matter. Perhaps the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should step in and investigate. 
  
If DBKL can’t even manage this issue transparently, how is it going to manage multi-billion-ringgit projects for the benefit of ratepayers? Isn’t it any surprise DBKL continues to receive flak from ratepayers over potholed roads, faulty streetlights and unsightly landscaping and illegal stalls? 

As the country’s business capital, it is unacceptable for KL to be in this condition. DBKL should be more business-friendly. We hope with the minister’s new resolve, things will finally begin to improve.