Monday June 18, 2012
KL residents want mayor who can walk the talk
What is important to KL residents is that the man tasked to lead the city must have the passion and determination to bring the federal capital a step closer to being one of the top 20 livable cities in the world.
Crime, congestion, and infrastructure top the list of issues that KL-ites want to see resolved by whoever is appointed to succeed Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail as mayor.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said it was important to have a working mayor to follow through all pending infrastructure projects on time.
“Many projects tendered out to contractors were never completed and are in limbo.
“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) needs a strict mayor who will ensure contractors who delay projects are penalised,’’ added Lim.
Setiawangsa resident Ahmad Firdaus Mokhtar said many public projects in the constituency were not completed on time and the people suffered.
He said projects such as the Desa Rejang food court in Setapak Jaya and the Air Panas community hall were delayed for years.
“The infrastructure projects are necessary for the residents, yet DBKL failed to take action against errant contractors,’’ he said.
Residents also want to see a reduction in crime.
Brickfields RT Chairman S.K.K Naidu said increasing cases of snatch theft and robbery in Brickfields since the police station in Jalan Tun Sambanthan was relocated to Sri Petaling had become a growing concern.
“KL needs a mayor who is vocal in tackling these issues. We want to see promises made to the people like a need for a police station are kept,’’ said Naidu.
He said people were also looking for a mayor who was willing to fight for community fields and playgrounds from being taken for development.
Naidu said many fields and green areas in Brickfields had been taken and it was the mayor’s duty to ensure this did not happen.
Enforcement is also another issue residents are worried about and want to see change.
Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association deputy chairman Mumtaz Ali said enforcement in the city was lacking.
“We must see change for the better and that involves all aspects of city living such as safety and sustainability issues,” said Ali.
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