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KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib has been appointed as the new Kuala Lumpur mayor.
He is succeeding Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail, who has served from Dec 2008.
In a statement, minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said Phesal’s appointment is for two years, effective July 18.
“He served for 35 years in civil service and has an extensive knowledge in administrative and planning and development, as well as management of local government.
“He was also involved in the ministry’s policies specifically in Kuala Lumpur, such as Greater KL/Klang Valley, River of Life and other development programmes in the city,” he said, thanking Fuad for his service.
When contacted, Phesal, 58, said: “It will definitely be a challenge for me (being a mayor). Nevertheless, I am thank ful for the confidence and trust placed in me.”
Kedah-born Phesal had served as, among others, Penang Municipal Council president, Penang Land and Mines De partment director, Labuan Municipal Council secretary, and district officer for Barat Daya district in Penang.
He has degree in Anthropolgy and Sociology from Uni versiti Malaya. He furthered studies at University of Wis consin, United States, and later obtained a Diploma in Advanced Management from Harvard Business School in Boston, United States.