Khalid: Planners to head local councils

Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2012

KLANG: Urban and rural development planners will head local authorities to ensure Selangor’s cities and townships are planned properly.

“We need experienced planners at local councils who can help create a more sustainable town or city,” said Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

The Menteri Besar said mayors and council presidents need a combination of vision and experience to better lead local governments.

Citing an example while he was in the corporate sector, Khalid said he had proposed that the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) develop 5,000 acres of oil palm estate land in Bukit Tinggi Klang.

But his idea to develop and turn the area into the centre of Klang was rejected by the then MPK president.

“The council couldn’t see the potential of the land as they didn’t have the experience in development planning. No matter how hard I tried to explain, they still didn’t understand my plans,” said Khalid.

Khalid said new appointments must be leaders who can offer their vision and ideas for the future.

Last year, the state took the lead by appointing Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) planning and development director Noraini Roslan as president of Kuala Selangor District Council (MDKS).

“There will be more such appointments at other local councils in the future,” said Khalid.

Selangor Times