Kuala Lumpur City Hall

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Kuala Lumpur City Hall
Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
Seal of Kuala Lumpur.svg
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor of Kuala Lumpur
Meeting place
Kuala Lumpur City Hall building at Jalan Raja Laut

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Malay: Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, DBKL) is the local authority charged with the administration of Kuala Lumpur. It is an agency under the Federal Territories Ministry of Malaysia.[1]

DBKL is responsible for public health and sanitation, waste removal and management, town planning, environmental protection and building control, social and economic development and general maintenance functions of urban infrastructure. Executive power lies with the mayor in the city hall, who is appointed for three years by the Federal Territories Minister since local government elections were suspended in 1970.[2] The current mayor of Kuala Lumpur is Ahmad Phesal Talib, who has been in office since July 18, 2012.[3]

The headquarters of DBKL is the Kuala Lumpur City Hall building at Jalan Raja Laut. DBKL has another office building, Menara DBKL 2 Jalan Raja Laut & Menara DBKL 3 at Jalan Raja Abdullah as well as 11 branch offices around KL.

History[edit]

The agency was formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Municipal Council (Malay: Majlis Bandaran Kuala Lumpur). During British colonial times and early independence, Kuala Lumpur had been the capital of the country as well as the state of Selangor.

On April 1, 1961, the name changed into Kuala Lumpur Federal Capital Commission (Malay: Suruhanjaya Ibu Kota).

Kuala Lumpur later achieved city status in February 1, 1972,[4] becoming the first settlement in Malaysia to be granted the status after independence. The name changed into Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Malay: Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur). Later, on February 1, 1974, Kuala Lumpur became a Federal Territory.[5] Kuala Lumpur ceased to be the capital of Selangor in 1978 after the city of Shah Alam was declared as the new state capital.[6]

Kuala Lumpur was administered by a corporation sole called the Federal Capital Commissioner (Malay: Persuruhjaya Ibu Kota) from April 1, 1961 until it was awarded city status in February 1, 1972, after which executive power was transferred to the Lord Mayor (Malay: Datuk Bandar).[1]

Executive power lies with the mayor in the city hall, who is appointed for three years by the Federal Territories Minister. This system of appointing the mayor has been in place ever since the local government elections were suspended in 1970.[2]

On 14 May 1990, Kuala Lumpur celebrated 100 years of local authority. The new Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur flag and anthem were introduced.

Lord Mayor of Kuala Lumpur[edit]

Since 1972, the city has been led by ten mayors. The current mayor of Kuala Lumpur is Ahmad Phesal Talib, who has been in office since July 18, 2012.[3] The previous mayors are listed as below:

# Name of Mayors In office
1. Tan Sri Dato' Lokman Yusof 1972
2. Tan Sri Yaacob Latiff 1973 - 1983
3. Tan Sri Dato' Elyas Omar 1983 - 1992
4. Dato' Dr. Mazlan Ahmad 1992 - 1995
5. Tan Sri Dato’ Kamaruzzaman Shariff 1995 - 2001
6. Dato' Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek 2001 - 2004
7. Dato' Ruslin Hasan 2004 - 2006
8. Dato' Ab. Hakim bin Borhan 2006 - 2008
9. Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail 2008 - 2012
10. Dato' Ahmad Phesal Talib 2012 -

Administration areas[edit]

Divisions Areas Maps
Damansara Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Bangsar, Bukit Damansara, Bukit Kiara, Damansara Town Centre, Kerinchi, Bangsar South
Seputeh Pantai Baharu, Kuchai Lama, Taman OUG
Segambut Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, Segambut, Sentul
Kepong Bandar Manjalara, Kepong, Jinjang
City Centre Brickfields, Bukit Bintang, Chow Kit, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Pudu
Setiawangsa Ampang, Kampung Datuk Keramat, Setiawangsa, Wangsa Maju
Bandar Tun Razak Kampung Pandan, Maluri, Miharja, Cheras, Bandar Tun Razak, Bandar Sri Pemaisuri
Sungai Besi Bandar Tasik Selatan, Sri Petaling, Bukit Jalil, Sungai Besi

Departments[edit]

  1. Jabatan Kewangan (Finance Department)
  2. Jabatan Undang-Undang & Pendakwaan (Legal & Prosecution Department)
  3. Jabatan Perancangan Fizikal (Physical Planning Department)
  4. Jabatan Pemudahcara Perniagaan & Pengurusan Penjaja (Business Facilitation & Petty Traders Management Department)
  5. Jabatan Pengurusan Sumber Manusia (Human Resource Management Department)
  6. Jabatan Pelaksanaan Projek & Penyelenggaraan Perumahan Awam (Project Implementation & Public Housing Maintenance Department)
  7. Jabatan Perancangan Bandar (Urban Planning Department)
  8. Jabatan Penilaian & Pengurusan Harta (Property Management & Valuation Department)
  9. Jabatan Kejuteraan Awam & Saliran (Civil Engineering & Drainage Department)
  10. Jabatan Pengangkutan Bandar (Urban Transportation Department)
  11. Jabatan Penguatkuasaan (Enforcement Department)
  12. Jabatan Rekabentuk Bandar & Bangunan (Urban Design & Building Department)
  13. Jabatan Pengurusan Perumahan & Pembangunan Komuniti (Housing Management & Community Development Department)
  14. Jabatan Pengurusan Maklumat (Information Management Department)
  15. Jabatan Perancangan Infrastruktur (Infrastructure Planning Department)
  16. Jabatan Kesihatan & Alam Sekitar (Health & Environment Department)
  17. Jabatan Pentadbiran (Administration Department)
  18. Jabatan Kejuruteraan Mekanikal & Elektrikal (Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Department)
  19. Jabatan Perancangan Ekonomi & Penyelarasan Pembangunan (Economic Planning & Development Coordination Department)
  20. Jabatan Landskap & Rekreasi (Landscape & Recreation Department)
  21. Jabatan Ukur Bahan (Quantity Surveying Department)
  22. Jabatan Kebudayaan, Kesenian & Sukan (Culture, Arts & Sports Department)
  23. Jabatan Perancangan Korporat (Corporate Planning Department)
  24. Jabatan Audit Dalam (Internal Audit Department)
  25. Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Library)
  26. Pejabat Cawangan (Branch Offices)
  27. Unit Penyelenggaraan Bangunan (Building Maintenance Unit)
  28. Unit Pelancongan (Tourism Unit)
  29. Unit Berkuda (Mounted Unit)
  30. DBKL Training Institute: Bandar Tun Razak
  31. DBKL Rest House: Port Dickson and Fraser's Hill

Branch offices[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kuala Lumpur City Hall". Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Malaysia's towns and cities are governed by appointed mayors". City Mayors. 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b "About KL City Hall - History". Kuala Lumpur City Hall. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  4. ^ "Destinations: Kuala Lumpur". Tourism Malaysia. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Kuala Lumpur". Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition 2007. Columbia University Press. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Sejarah Shah Alam" (in Malay). Shah Alam City Council. Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 

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