New KL mayor Mahadi Che Ngah right man for the job

Kuala Lumpur’s new mayor Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah has been hailed as the right man for the job and is expected to form a formidable working partnership with Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa in administering the federal capital.

Mahadi and Annuar, both town planners, are expected to see eye-to-eye in matters of development and the working synergy could be to the advantage of KLites.

Former Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said Mahadi had the right qualities to helm the post, having started his career as a town planner with the city council in 1983 to being made Urban Planning Department Director and later Planning Executive Director.

“He has the right qualification and experience. When you head the planning unit, you will know a lot about the city and how to manage City Hall,” said Ahmad Fuad who was mayor from 2008 to 2012.

“I’ve worked with him before and I would say he is knowledgeable and is a hardworking man. He is a good choice and I hope all stakeholders will give him a chance to administer Kuala Lumpur.”

With a degree in town planning from Universiti Tekonologi Malaysia and a Masters in Town Planning from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, Mahadi also once served as CEO of Kampung Baru Development Corporation.

Ahmad Fuad also said Mahadi’s appointment, despite retiring last year, is a testament to his capabilities.

“You will not get called back to serve as mayor if you are not the right man for the job,” said Ahmad Fuad.

“But he (Mahadi) needs to strike a balance for all in the city. What is good for City Hall may not be something that the people may find favourable and the mayor must always make the right decision,” said Fuad.

Mahadi’s appointment as new mayor was made by Annuar today sans his presence. His appointment received the nod of approval from Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

Mahadi, who replaces Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan effective today, will receive his appointment letter tomorrow. His tenure is for two years.

News of a returning City Hall staff serving as mayor was also welcomed by Kuala Lumpur residents.

Bukit Bandaraya residents’ association advisor Datuk M. Ali hoped Mahadi would bring “positive results to the city”.

“We worked with him when he was in the town planning department and he knows our needs and problems we face,” said Ali.

“We hope he will have a free hand to do what is right and good for the people.”

Bangsar Baru residents’ association secretary Prem Kumar Nair hopes to see more engagement with the people.

“We hope he will turun padang and meet the stakeholders often. There are many unresolved woes – from parking, illegal conversion of housing units and commercial lots, to land grabs.

“We hope to work together with the new mayor to find solutions and we hope previous decisions and promises that benefit the people are not forgotten,” Prem said.

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260 NEW COVID-19 CASES TODAY

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 260 new Covid-19 cases were reported today with 118 cases from Sabah, followed by Kedah (98), Kuala Lumpur (14) and Selangor (13).

The numbers today are the second highest recorded in the country since Covid-19 hit Malaysia.

The highest number of cases was 277 recorded on June 4 while the third highest was on March 26 (235 cases).

Noor Hisham said while the people may seem fatigued with adhering to SOPs, the Covid-19 virus does not experience fatigue and he advised the public to remain alert at all times.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob announced earlier today that inter-district travel will be disallowed in Sabah beginning Oct 3.

RM50 MILLION COVID-19 AID FOR SABAHANS

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor announced that the state government is allocating RM50 million to assist those impacted by Covid-19.

The decision during the state’s first cabinet meeting will see RM10 million allocated to residents in Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna and Kunak which have been placed under Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order.

ELITE PRESCHOOLS WILL DISUNITE SOCIETY

Former women, family and community development minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the proposal by the government to set up “elite” kindergartens will widen the inequality gap between the B40 and T20.

Dr Wan Azizah, in a statement, said the proposal by Deputy Rural Development Minister Abdul Rahman Mohamad will eventually lead to cracks in the unity of society.

She said the government should instead democratise early childhood education to ensure equal and quality education for all.

JALAN RAJA LAUT 1, JALAN PALESTIN – WHAT’S IN A ROAD NAME? 

Why Jalan Palestin? Why change Jalan Raja Laut 1? Where is Jalan Raja Laut 1? Who is Raja Laut?

More importantly – why ignore history?

There are just some of the questions raised by many in recent days.

History seems to be ignored as authorities change road names to merely please certain quarters.