KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 ― Four “high risk” departments within the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) have been targeted for operational and workflow review to stem corruption, Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said today.
The process of project approvals and tender awards in the national capital city has been increasingly under scrutiny following the prosecution of a top DBKL official earlier this month for corruption.
“Four departments within DBKL have gone through the process, including the Planning, Housing, Economic Planning and Development as well as the Human Resource Management departments,” the mayor was reported by The Star Online as saying at the 47th DBKL Enforcement Day parade at the Titiwangsa Lake Garden here.
However, the report made no mention of the outcome of the review for four departments.
The review is believed to be part of the work undertaken by a special joint task force between DBKL and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) following the arrest of the city’s project management executive director Datuk Seri Syed Afendy Syed Abid Ali.
Syed Afendy claimed trial on September 9 to 18 corruption charges, including accepting bribes and assets estimated at RM4.4 million.
Five areas were identified for review in DBKL: management of the privatisation of housing projects, guidelines on property purchases by officers and staff, asset ownership and declaration, management of public housing, as well as oversight of land development in the capital city.
The news portal also reported Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan who was also at the same event saying the review was not targeted at any particular person but was a preventive measure against corruption.