Ministry of the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing (Malaysia)
|The Federal Government of Malaysia|
|Minister||Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin|
|Deputy Minister||Saravanan Murugan|
|Chief Secretary||Ahmad Phesal Talib|
The Ministry of the Federal Territories and Urban Well-being (Malay: Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar) is the arm of the Malaysian federal government in charge of overseeing the administration and development of all three federal territories in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.
The current ministry is based in Putrajaya with Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin as Minister, Datuk M. Saravanan as the Deputy Minister and Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib as the Chief Secretary.
Kuala Lumpur was declared a city on 1 February 1974 while the Federal Territory (FT) Ministry was established in 1978. When Labuan Corporation was established in 1984 there was a need to amalgamate both constituencies under one umbrella - hence the FT Ministry was re- established the second time in 1987.
Putrajaya Corporation was set up on 1 February 2001.
On 27 March 2004, following a cabinet reshuffle by the then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Federal Territory and Klang Valley Planning and Development Division was upgraded to a full-fledged ministry. Its responsibility expanded to include jurisdiction over the territories of Labuan and Putrajaya.
On 14 February 2006, Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique was appointed the FT Minister. Under the leadership of Zulhasnan, a strategic plan that focused on development plans for all three constituencies was created.
On 23 October 2009, when the 2010 Budget presentation, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Federal Territories strengthened and expanded to eradicate urban poverty throughout the country and city welfare program. In this regard, on 13 November 2009, the Ministry of Federal Territories became officially known as the MINISTRY OF FEDERAL TERRITORIES AND URBAN WELL-BEING.
Summaries of the federal territories and local agencies administering them are listed as below:
|Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur||Federal Territory of Labuan||Federal Territory of Putrajaya|
|Administrator||Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur||Perbadanan Labuan||Perbadanan Putrajaya|
|Gazetted||1 February 1974||16 April 1984||1 February 2001|
|Total Population Density||4198.6 per km²|
On 26 May 2006, the three federal territories were further consolidated with the introduction of a common flag and anthem. In the 2006 Sukma Games (Malaysian games) - Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya competed as a unified contingent.
Tan Sri Isa bin Hj Abdul Samad was the first minister to be appointed. However, Isa Abdul Samad was dismissed from office after found guilty of corruption charges related to money politics during the UMNO General Assembly Election of 2005. Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (then the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development) assumed the responsibilities of acting minister until a replacement could be found. On 16 February 2006 Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique was appointed to the office, the Minister of the Federal Territories.
- Minister: Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad (27 March 2004 until 16 October 2005) / Deputy Minister: Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique (27 March 2006 – 16 February 2006)
- Acting Minister: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (16 October 2005 until 16 February 2006) / Deputy Minister: Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique (27 March 2006 until 16 February 2006)
- Minister: Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique (27 March 2006 until 9 April 2009) / Deputy Minister: Tan Sri Abu Seman Yusop (Since 27 March 2006)
- Minister: Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin (Since 10 April 2009) / Deputy Minister: Datuk Saravanan Murugan (Since 8 March 2008)
Upper management in the ministry is classified to include the Minister, Deputy Minister, Parliamentary Secretary, Chief Secretary, and the two Deputies Chief Secretary. The Deputies Chief Secretary manage the numerous working divisions of the ministry. For the local agencies of the federal territories, they are under the administration of their respective heads (Mayor for Kuala Lumpur, Chairmen for Putrajaya and Labuan). These agencies are under the supervision of the Chief Secretary.
Agencies under the ministry
The existing local governments and administrators of the federal territories are placed under the jurisdiction of the ministry. As the ministry is created for the task of coordinating and supervising the administrations, no significant changes were imposed on these agencies. Notable agencies under the ministry are:
- Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur)
- Labuan Corporation (Perbadanan Labuan)
- Putrajaya Corporation
- Federal Territories Sports Council
- Changes in store for DBKL board, The Star, 11 March 2008.