FT Minister Khalid Samad must follow rule of law and stop siding developers

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The current Federal Territories (FT) Minister, Khalid Abdul Samad, who is also the Shah Alam MP, has proven to be a disappointment to the people of Kuala Lumpur.

Among other things he gazetted a Kuala Lumpur City Plan (ie. KLCP 2020) which never underwent public participation and consultation. This is contrary to Section 14 of the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982 as the substantive changes were never displayed to the public.

The FT Minister also said that the KLCP 2020 comes together with an Addendum listing violations against the plan from May 2015 till 2018.

However, the addendum was never independently verified to ensure that the list of violations are complete.

Khalid has also acted against the public interest by retaining Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP), a commercial entity disguised as a charitable foundation and thus not being subject to Auditor General’s scrutiny.

He has also appointed his fellow political associates and/or officials to be the new board of trustees of YWP. We have seen in the past the danger of having politicians sitting in a foundation whereby they tend to abuse their power and this of course leads to corruption.

Khalid Samad has changed! He is now acting as the mouthpiece of developers! This can be seen in the following cases:-

1. He has called for a fresh hearing for Taman Tiara Titiwangsa despite the court ruling that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) did not adhere to Rule 5 of the Planning Development Amendment Rules 1994 under the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982.

2. His blatant disregard to the pleas of the Segambut MP, Hannah Yeoh and Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents who only wish to protect one of the last green lungs in Kuala Lumpur; including his inconsistent stand on the amount to be refunded, which he calls compensation. 

3. The manner he brushes off the residents’ protest with regards to a development project at the Federal Hill (Bukit Persekutuan) at Bangsar.

4. The way he keeps making policy announcements without consulting stakeholders such as the closure of Jalan TAR and the closure of night entertainment spots at 1am.

5. His repeated micromanagement of the operations of DBKL which seems to suggest the mayor is unable to act independently.

6. His gazetting of a City Plan that was not the original formed through public consultation and which included 273 developments admittedly not complying with the KLCP2020, made without stakeholder consultation.

This beloved Kuala Lumpur of ours is in dire situation due to the grave wrongdoings of the previous FT Minister and the current FT Minister. The only way to correct the situation is by bringing in a new FT Minister that has the credibility to implement the promises in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto. The choice is in our hands!