Shah Alam mayor reassigned to Putrajaya, says deputy

Shah Alam mayor reassigned to Putrajaya, says deputy

SHAH ALAM mayor Datuk Zamani Ahmad Mansor (pic) has been reassigned to Putrajaya, says deputy mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan.

“His reassignment was effective Oct 8, through a letter issued by the Federal Government. We thank him for his service and wish him well,” he said at the Shah Alam City Council’s (MBSA) full board meeting at Wisma MBSA on Friday (Oct 28).

Zamani has not been seen at public events since he was called in by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist in a probe on tenders for projects in Shah Alam late last month.

He was sworn in as Shah Alam’s ninth mayor in June last year.

Councillors Datuk Emran Kadir and Mohd Jamil Abdul Rahim urged MBSA to step up its monitoring of Dataran Kemerdekaan in Shah Alam, particularly in terms of illegal traders and public safety.

Taking note of the matter, Mohd Rashidi instructed the council’s Enforcement and Licensing Departments to increase enforcement of the public square.

“Dataran Kemerdekaan is used for official events – federal, state or local council,” he said.

“Street traders are not allowed to run any businesses there, except when there are official events held on site.

“However, the place is open to families for recreation and picnics, provided they bring their own food and clean up afterwards.

“Dataran Kemerdekaan is under MBSA’s purview. We monitor the area for public safety and comfort as well as to ensure there is no inconvenience caused to families or visitors.”

Mohd Rashidi added that the council was also aware of public complaints that youths were racing up and down Dataran Kemerdekaan on their motorcycles late at night and in the wee hours of the morning.

“In addition to stepping up enforcement, we plan to conduct joint operations with the police and religious authorities to clamp down on the illegal activities there,” he said.

As it is 15th General Election (GE15) season, Mohd Rashidi reminded councillors, most of whom are political appointees, to differentiate between political party and MBSA functions.

“I hope MBSA assets such as community halls and public spaces will not be wrongly used by political parties during the campaigning period. We want the general election to be free and fair,” he said.

“Should political parties want to hold ceramah or public gatherings at places under MBSA’s purview, they need to apply at least 48 hours ahead with our Evaluation Department and separately, apply for a police permit.”

Mohd Rashidi added that the Election Commission is expected to hold a pre-GE15 briefing with MBSA and the police to brief potential candidates and their agents on the do’s and don’ts throughout the campaigning period.

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