New Kuala Lumpur mayor promises quality of service
BY CHOW HOW BAN
ORIENTATION: Ruslin (left) meeting heads of department and officers at City Hall Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: The new Kuala Lumpur mayor, Datuk Ruslin Hasan, has pledged to improve City Hall's quality of service and make the capital city a cleaner, friendlier and world-class city.
The former FT director-general said he was determined to help city residents focus on community, cultural and sports development.
He was met after receiving his letter of appointment for a two-year term from Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Isa Samad here in the morning. Ruslin also met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi later.
When he arrived at his office, the new mayor was showered with congratulatory greetings from a group of City Hall officials at the City Hall lobby yesterday despite being on medical leave.
The new mayor who succeeded Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek is said to be taking a two-day medical leave from Monday because of an eye infection.
In an earlier interview in Putrajaya, Ruslin said he would strive to ensure that City Hall officers would always carry out their duties in a friendly manner and attend to public needs and complaints effectively and efficiently.
Born on July 10, 1950 in Masjid Tanah, Malacca, he holds a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Universiti Malaya and a Masters in Business Management from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
He started his career in the civil service as assistant secretary in the City Hall Secretariat on July 24, 1974 and held various posts in several departments and units in City Hall before being appointed its director-general on Oct 10, 2001.
City Hall Workers' Union believes Ruslin is the best person to serve the local authority.
The union thanked Mohamed Isa, in a statement, for showing his trust in Ruslin.
“Ruslin has wide experience in the administration and operations of City Hall. We are confident that he will expedite the Government's effort to make Kuala Lumpur a great city,” it said.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said Ruslin was an experienced public servant who served at various departments in City Hall.
“I hope Ruslin will have a more open policy for the press as it was difficult for the media to reach the officials and department heads,” he said.
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