Notice for 46 managers to hand over community halls to DBKL

PUTRAJAYA (May 31): A notice will be sent out to 46 community hall managers after the Aidilfitri celebrations to hand over the managing of the halls to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Federal Territories Minister, Khalid Abdul Samad said this notice might be the last after several notices sent to these 46 managers did not receive the cooperation as required.

“If the managers involved still refuse to hand over the community halls, the ministry will acquire them back through legal action.

“We hope this matter can be resolved amicably, without the need for us to take stern action to get back the halls as this is done in the interest of the public,” he told a news conference, here, yesterday.

Khalid said to date, DBKL had taken over 157 community halls which were previously managed by political parties, resident associations, non-governmental organisations, government agencies and joint management committees.

These community halls are located in public housing areas, on DBKL land and its reserve land, and other government land around the federal capital.

“We want to take over the community halls for a more neutral management devoid of political influence, and when rented out, the earnings would go to DBKL or the resident associations, and not to certain groups,” Khalid said.

He said the move was not politically motivated but to correct the situation under the previous administration which had acted based on their political interest by handing over the managing of the community halls to inappropriate parties.

“We want to ensure that these community halls could be repaired and upgraded before being given back to the public and managed professionally without any element of favouritism,” he added.

Khalid noted that DBKL had also prepared a guideline on managing community halls for reference in handing over the community halls to the Resident Representative Councils, non-governmental organisations, resident associations or interested registered bodies.

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