By Selangor Journal Staff
KUALA LUMPUR: Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan has been appointed the new Kuala Lumpur mayor on a two-year tenure, starting today.
The former head of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) took over the helm of Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) from Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
The simple work handover ceremony held at the DBKL headquarters earlier was witnessed by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad and his deputy, Shahruddin Mohd Salleh.
Hisham after the ceremony said that he aims to elevate the status of KL city in terms of physical development as well as the city’s softscape.
“We want to work closely with NGOs, the minority, the poor and the disabled in the city. There are 1.68 million people living in the city and we want to create a spirit of belonging among us.
“It’s time for us to listen and then start doing, not just talk but do. It is time to walk the talk,” said Hisham who is the 12th KL mayor.
A new broom sweeps clean
Meanwhile, Hisham came to tears today as he reminisces the day when he had to endure public humiliation upon being ‘awarded’ a broom by former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.
The incident taking place in 2007 saw Hisham serving at the Hulu Selangor District Council, which was criticised due to the council’s less than encouraging assessment collection rate.
He said although he was only the Hulu Selangor district officer for just three months at the time, he still had to accept ‘the broom award’ considering that it was his responsibility.
“When I was called to receive the ‘broom award’ from the former Selangor Menteri Besar, I had just been promoted from the Federal Territories Ministry to Hulu Selangor in September 2007,” he was quoted saying by Bernama.
He added, it was a historical moment and implies that the incident had somewhat contributed to the fall of BN in Selangor at the 2008 General Elections.
Despite the incident, Hisham had managed to turn things around in just two years and had received the Performance Award for Quit Rent Collection in 2009, by then Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.