PJ Mayor Approves Site Redevelopment Amidst Large Opposition

Pavither January 30, 2018

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain has approved the redevelopment of the former site of the iconic A&W restaurant in Lorong Sultan during the body’s monthly meeting on Monday (29 January).

However, many councillors oppose the permitted plot ratio of 1:8 for the 0.4ha site that will house a 20-storey office tower.

In fact, 10 city councillors walked out from the meeting after the Mayor prevented them from questioning the approval and holding a vote on the matter. The head of the city council also turned off the microphones of some officials.

“I am the chairman and I no longer allow anymore discussions here. The decisions made at the One Stop Centre (OSC) committee meetings are final and it is only brought up in the full board meetings to inform councillors,” said Mayor Mohd Azizi.

After the commotion started, the official live streaming of the event was cut off, and guards were called to escort some councillors outside the session hall.

When the city officials began vacating the premises, media personnel were also instructed to leave the venue and delete all video recordings on their smartphones.

Notably, the brouhaha started after most councillors asked the Mayor to re-deliberate the approval at the OSC level due to numerous objections, but their motion was not granted.

“It is our right to have a voice in this matter as all final decisions should be done based on the majority approval of the full council, which consists of a mayor and 24 councillors,” said councillor Sean Oon.

He requested for a vote to re-discuss the OSC deliberations on the development approval, but his motion was turned down by the Mayor, who thought it was not needed.

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Gursharan Singh
Jan 30, 2018
Disenting Councillors if with integrity should now follow up their walk out with resignations. When the Mayor said the subject was for only INFORMATION of Councillors then they should take the message that they are their only as COSMETICS and they may NOT be there for for their expertise or ability or that their membership is to avail of their contribution for the benefit of citizens. Councillors may be there just to collect allowances and perks and show that the citizens are represented in the policy making and administration of the Council. Thus in reality is the Mayor the sole ruler of the Council to carry out the directions of those who appointed him to the post of Mayor or to settle debts from those who may have financed his elevation to the post?

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