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bobkee
07-11-2005, 03:08 PM
From the New Straits Times (http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/20051107080854/Article/indexb_html) today :

Corporatise Local Councils
A survey on local councils has shown that many people would like them to be corporatised.
- M.K. Megan, Kuala Lumpur, Nov 6

The survey carried out by Universiti Malaya for the Housing and Local Government Ministry revealed that while local councils prepared their "vision" and mission to implement their strategies, few of them embark on it when carrying out their role.

The survey concluded that for local councils to be more effective, radical changes had to be implemented including a corporate-like structure to oversee their operations.

Fifteen per cent of the respondents, which included councillors, government agency staff and the public, suggested that a corporate body be formed to oversee the operations of local councils.

The survey was carried out among 55 local councils (30 out of 100 in Peninsular Malaysia, 12 out of 24 in Sabah and 15 out of 30 in Sarawak).

There were also suggestions that local councils be removed from the supervision of the Housing and Local Government Ministry and instead a Local Councils Department be formed under the State Governments to oversee their operations.

Seventy five per cent of the respondents wanted a new model for local councils to be introduced.

The survey, carried out early this year, also revealed that the local councilsí priority has shifted from racial integration to administration and services.

It was also revealed that 60 per cent of the councillors only had Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia qualifications while the president was a graduate and that made communication among them difficult.

Therefore, it was suggested that as policy makers, they need to be knowledgeable, skilful and have positive attitudes.

In many of the local councils, the presidentís post and in some cases the secretaryís post, were held by district officers or their deputies, usually on a part-time basis. For a high-responsibility job as the council president, full- time staff was necessary.

There were also suggestions for fair representation of people from all walks of life at the councils.

One reason cited in the study which was an obstacle to the effectiveness of locals councils was computer illiteracy among the local councillors.

The respondents believe that the privatisation of certain services by local councils had failed. Therefore, 78 per cent of the locals councils and 80 per cent of the government agencies in the survey wanted a re-look at the terms and conditions of the privatisation projects.

isarahim
07-11-2005, 06:18 PM
This is a natural and fully expected effect of abolishing local elections.

GreenBug
07-11-2005, 06:51 PM
This is a natural and fully expected effect of abolishing local elections.That is why we should have local elections again for local councillors. Two-year term....

bobkee
09-11-2005, 11:27 AM
IMHO, this article is somewhat biased towards a certain agenda :
Fifteen per cent of the respondents, which included councillors, government agency staff and the public, suggested that a corporate body be formed to oversee the operations of local councils.

The survey was carried out among 55 local councils (30 out of 100 in Peninsular Malaysia, 12 out of 24 in Sabah and 15 out of 30 in Sarawak).Only 15% of the respondents; which seem like a minority to me; were partial towards some form of corporatisation and yet the headline made it look like it was the general opinion.

This generally shows contempt against citizens who have been urging for the re-introduction of local government elections.

Parties (primarily Opposition parties in the federal parliament) supporting the re-introduction of such elections should really look into how they can implement some form of local government election within the States that they control, or plan to control. I understand that the law provides for local government councillors to be appointed by the State government. What is to stop a State government from overseeing an election and using the results as a criteria of selection of those councillors?

Even if the SPR doesn't cooperate, a state initiated independent local elections commission can be set up. And if BN parties boycott such elections, that would just open the space for non partisan civil society groups to get involved in local governance.

That would at the very least, be a more pro-active and practical approach towards restoring the third vote.

So, PAS? Howpa macam?