Let us do our job, KL mayor tells hands-on volunteer pothole fixers

A volunteer patches up a pothole following months of inaction by City Hall. — Picture by Malay Mail
A volunteer patches up a pothole following months of inaction by City Hall. — Picture by Malay Mail

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — The public should liaise with City Hall if they want to carry out voluntary initiatives, according to Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib. 

“Such work is the responsibility of City Hall and the public must approach us instead of carrying out such activities themselves,” he said. 

Commenting on Azlan Sani Zawawi’s efforts to patch up potholes, Ahmad Phesal said it should not have been the way.

Asked if Azlan’s actions had breached any by-laws and warranted action, he said there was no need for any action against the charitable gesture. 

“I urge the public to report any complaints related to road maintenance and repairs to us and I will instruct my staff to speed up their response,” he said. 

“It is the council’s job to fix such things but I will agree that not all of the private contractors hired by City Hall are doing their job well.”

Ahmad Phesal said some potholes were damaged within days of being repaired.

“We are trying to give the best facilities to the public but sometimes they get damaged as soon as we fix them,” he said.

He said it was not the public’s duty to carry out repair work themselves, and worse still, with their own funds.

“City Hall cannot allow tax-payers to do the council’s job,” he said.

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