Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) may have postponed its assessment rate hike after the public protested. But is it likely that ratepayers will be able to stop the hike? Former Petaling Jaya councillor KW Mak explains how it may not matter at all what ratepayers think and want.
LIVING near green spaces can raise our levels of happiness and quality of life. Then why do our urban green spaces keep shrinking in the name of development? What is the responsibility of residents in making sure this doesn’t happen?
ON 28 April 2012, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) will hold its third major demonstration in the city known as Bersih 3.0. Despite the government’s efforts at electoral reforms, the movement remains unsatisfied. What really is Bersih 3.0’s purpose?
IF rumour holds true, the 13th general election, due by March 2013, will be held sometime this year. Once again, Malaysians will cast their votes and the party that wins the most number of parliamentary seats will govern federally. But how legitimate is the government that eventually gets into power? Does the party in power […]
BADAN Warisan Malaysia has for the past several years been advocating against the demolition of Pudu Jail. We have been led to understand that a small concession has been made to preserve a small section of the wall flanking the main gate, although we do not have any details about this particular plan. This token […]
IN an article by Tim Leonard in theSun on 14 May, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was reported to be studying several measures to solve the problem of excess units in the [Public Housing Project] (PPR) that have no takers. We would like to encourage [DBKL] and other authorities in other cities and states in […]
I HAD the pleasure of attending the World Class Sustainable Cities 2009 seminar recently organised by the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Redha), Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM). The speakers were experts in various fields that ranged from transport to cityscape infrastructure and building development. I would […]
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 March 2009: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will build two more holding ponds and raise existing river embankments as part of flood mitigation measures in the national capital. Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail said DBKL would also review the Sungai Kroh-Sungai Jinjang river diversion project, implement fast deliveries of information […]
(Background image © Kristina Afanasyeva / sxc.hu; Datuk Ahmad Fuad pic courtesy of DBKL) REPORTS on Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail’s appointment as mayor of Kuala Lumpur (KL) on 12 Dec 2008 have generally been favourable. The long-serving civil servant and former Housing and Local Government Ministry secretary-general has been touted as people-friendly, efficient, and fair […]
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Jan 2009: Over 10,000 flags will be distributed here in conjunction with Federal Territory Day (FT Day) on Sunday, Kuala Lumpur City Hall director-general Datuk Salleh Yusup said. He said the flags would be distributed to non-governmental organisations, taxi drivers, motorists and the public. Salleh called on the people in the federal […]