KL is currently mayor-less

The guessing game on who will be Kuala Lumpur’s new mayor continues after incumbent Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah did not report for duty today.

Checks with Kuala Lumpur City Hall revealed that Mahadi, whose contract ended last Friday, did not report for work at Menara DBKL 1, in Jalan Raja Laut, today.

“I can confirm he did not come in today,” said a City Hall insider when contacted.

“We have also not heard if a new mayor will be appointed,” he added.

Mahadi was appointed Kuala Lumpur’s 13th mayor on Oct 1, 2020. His two-year contract was extended for six months last September.

It is understood that Mahadi was last seen in Labuan during a three-day official visit by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, which began on March 31.

“He (Mahadi) was there for several programmes. But he left earlier as his contract ended on March 31,” said another insider who was present during the Agong’s official visit.

Attempts to obtain comments from Mahadi proved futile.

Having served City Hall for four decades, Mahadi started his career as a town planner with the local council in 1983. He climbed up the ranks, and was appointed City Hall’s Urban Planning Department director, and later, Planning Executive Director, before retiring in 2019.

Mahadi left retirement to take up the offer as mayor in 2020.

Main image: Kuala Lumpur City Hall

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