Names submitted to PM on new KL mayor

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Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad has submitted to Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad names of candidates who will replace Kuala Lumpur (KL) Mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.

Mhd Amin, who tendered his resignation on Sept 1, assumed office on July 18, 2015.

Khalid said he is currently waiting for the PM’s verification before any decision is made.

Khalid also dismissed rumours that five candidates have been named for the post.

“All I can say is that more than one name was submitted, but it is less than five. I have only submitted it (the list) recently.

“As such, we hope to be able to confirm (the name) by the middle of the month,” he told reporters at the launch of the Bukit Bintang beautification project in KL yesterday.

Khalid added that Mhd Amin will stay on until the end of September.

Meanwhile, Khalid said the Bukit Bintang beautification project, which involves seven laneways in the Golden Triangle, would improve the image of back alleys in Bukit Bintang and attract more tourists.

He said the KL City Hall (DBKL) has also taken the initiative to give a facelift to the area and brighten up the streets with more lights to make it safer for pedestrians.

The RM2.5 million project that began in December 2017 includes the beautification of Jalan Berangan, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Rembia and Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin.

He added that only three lanes have been completed with an implementation process cost of some RM1.5 million.

“For all seven lanes, we have estimated it will cost about RM2.5 million depending on the complexity of infrastructure and changes that need to be made,” he said.

Some of the infrastructure changes will include cleaning out the drains and walls, repainting the walls with 2D and 3D murals, and mounting potted plants alongside the roads to give it a greener feel.

Khalid said one of the biggest challenges that could be expected would be vandalism issues on the murals and walls.

“We will be engaging with the community here, as well as the authorities to ensure the lanes are kept clean and looked after, and this has to be a joint effort by all parties, not just the authorities,” he said.