DBKL cares for urban poor, FT ministry says after Unicef malnourishment report

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — The Federal Territories Ministry said that the capital’s poorest residents receive adequate assistance through all its welfare programmes.

In response to a recent Unicef study that found many urban poor children living in public flats to be malnourished, the ministry said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) provides safe and conducive housing services to residents of public housing areas and People’s Housing Project (PPR), and denied it had been negligent.

“To produce a highly-educated and healthy generation among the housing residents, DBKL and the Government have never been negligent in providing the best services in every aspect,” the ministry was quoted by The Star daily as saying. Read more

Dataran Merdeka ditutup setelah makin ramai demo tuntut ‘Bebas Maria’

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

People attend a candlelight vigil for Maria Chin Abdullah in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, November 22, 2016. — Picture by Choo Choy May

People attend a candlelight vigil for Maria Chin Abdullah in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, November 22, 2016. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Nov — Dataran Merdeka ditutup pada sebelah malam selama seminggu apabila makin ramai orang hadir menuntut pembebasan pengerusi Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah.

Perhimpunan anjuran badan itu mendapat sambutan 800 orang malam tadi, meningkat 500 orang berbanding malam sebelumnya.

Pada Isnin, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menyertai perhimpunan bagi menyokong Maria, kini ditahan tanpa bicara bawah Akta Kesalahan Khas (Langkah-Langkah Keselamatan) atau Sosma. Read more

Mayor closes Dataran amid growing crowds at Maria vigils

Source: The Malay Mail Online

People attend a candlelight vigil for Maria Chin Abdullah in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, November 22, 2016. — Picture by Choo Choy May

People attend a candlelight vigil for Maria Chin Abdullah in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, November 22, 2016. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — The Kuala Lumpur mayor has closed Dataran Merdeka in the evenings for a week after candlelight vigils held for Maria Chin Abdullah’s release saw swelling numbers.

About 800 people turned up at the vigil in the historic square this evening for the Bersih 2.0 chair’s release from detention without trial, up from about 300 last night.

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People attend a candlelight vigil for Maria Chin Abdullah in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, November 22, 2016. — Picture by Choo Choy May

The Kuala Lumpur mayor has closed the whole of Dataran Merdeka starting from November 22, 2016, until November 29, 2016, from 5pm till 7am every day.

“Whoever is found at Dataran Merdeka or who refuses to obey the directive can be chased out of Dataran Merdeka,” read the announcement on a screen that was made after today’s vigil. Read more

MACC-DBKL form task force after graft case

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) have formed a joint task force to review standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the local council after a top official was charged with corruption.

MACC said today that the special task force, led by MACC investigations director Datuk Azam Baki, has identified five issues for review in DBKL: management of the privatisation of housing projects, guidelines on property purchases by officers and staff, asset ownership and declaration, management of public housing, as well as oversight of land development in the capital city.

“The formation of the Special Task Force is a joint effort taken after a few government officers were recently investigated for abuse of power and mismanagement,” MACC said in a statement.

“The Special Task Force comprises officers from MACC’s negotiation and checking division, MACC’s investigation division and DBKL’s integrity department,” the anti-graft agency added. Read more

DBKL executive director faces 18 corruption charges

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — Kuala Lumpur City Council’s (DBKL) project management executive director was slapped today with 18 corruption charges including accepting bribes and assets estimated at RM4.4 million.

Datuk Seri Syed Afendy Syed Abid Ali, 54, was charged at the KL Special Court for Corruption earlier today.

He was charged with one count under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission Act (ASPRM) 2009, eight more under Section 165 of the Penal Code and nine others under Section 4(1) of the Money Laundering and Anti Terrorism Financing Act (AMLAFTA) 2001.

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‘A black mark in DBKL history’

Source: The Star Online

The Star’s report on Aug 16. Image taken from The Star Online

The Star’s report on Aug 16. Image taken from The Star Online

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) arrest of a high-ranking Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officer has sent shock waves through DBKL.

The news of an executive director in the local government being detained had taken everyone by surprise, including Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.

“I am shocked. I had no idea about it until Monday,” Amin Nordin said when contacted about the matter.

“I am very sad about the whole affair as I keep driving home the point with my staff every day to live clean, to live within their means,” he said.

The mayor said DBKL’s integrity unit was established to oversee efforts to combat corruption.

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Lunar Peaks: KL’s beloved public sculpture must rise from ruins

Source: The Star Online

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) demolished the historic public sculpture Lunar Peaks (1986) by the late National Laureate artist Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal on July 1. Photo: The Star/P. Nathan

The National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG), the art community and the family of the late Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal (1929-2011) are prepared to take the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to task for its decision to demolish the Lunar Peaks (Puncak Purnama) public sculpture in Kuala Lumpur on July 1.

Lunar Peaks, arguably one of Kuala Lumpur’s prominent public sculptures, was created by National Laureate artist Syed Ahmad in 1986.

“The abrupt destruction of Lunar Peaks is a great loss to the nation’s cultural heritage. It came as a complete shock for the art community – to see a bulldozer already demolishing the sculpture on July 1 . It is a regrettable move considering the iconic status of the sculpture,” says Datuk Mahadzir Lokman, NVAG chairman, during a media conference at NVAG on July 4.

On July 1, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said the structure was in bad shape, while Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor echoed his sentiment by calling it an “eyesore” on July 2. Read more