Saturday, May 30, 2009

Debate on Local Government Elections

The general public was never given the chance or freedom to have a say about their local town council.

One way to resolve the problem is by giving a chance to the local public to have their say about the way the local council is set up.

My office will be organizing a debate on the restoration of local council election on:

Date : 7th June 2009 (Sunday)
Time : 2:30pm
Venue : Sri Sedaya School, SS13 Subang Jaya

Free admission to all.

Participating debaters will include:
-YB Tony Pua Kiam Wee (MP for Petaling Jaya Utara)
-YB Gobind Singh Deo (MP for Puchong) and
-YB Sivarasa Rasiah (MP for Subang).
VS
-Iqbal Hafiedz Ahmed Bazari (Best debater in the Inter Asian Universities Debate)
-Suresh Gnasegarah (Semifinalist in All Asians Debating Championship 2002, overall best speaker)
-Faisal Moideen (Semifinalist in All Asians Debating Championship 2002)

The objectives in organizing this debate are:
- Exploring methods of local govt elections
- Pros and cons of local govt elections

Those who are interested to find out more about local council election are welcome to attend.

Have you ever felt that the service of the local town council is not up to par or below standard? Or having made numerous complaints through various media and yet nothing seem to be done about the problem for many years? Overcharged for simple fixes such as damaged drain by the local council?

The cause of the problem can be traced to the way the local council is set up. The control of power has been the same for many, many years. When this happens, the local council tends to take the needs of the residents lightly as there are no external parties to threaten them and they end up slacking in their duties and thus not serving effectively.

The general public was never given the chance or freedom to have a say about their local town council.

One way to resolve the problem is by giving a chance to the local public to have their say about the way the local council is set up. This can be done by having a vote or election just like how the public normally votes for their government but the people will be voting for their local council instead. The practice of having a local election is not new as it has already been established in other countries such as Australia.

In this way the local council committee will be forced to improve services or risk being rejected by unsatisfied citizens and replaced with a more promising local council board that can better take care of their needs. The local council also will be more transparent to the public and the people’s state of living will be vastly improved.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is very encouraging. The recent exposure by MBPJ councillor Thiru on RM58,000 mobile toilet, which should cost not more than RM20,000 is just the tip of the iceberg.
During the MBPJ Dialog Bersama Penduduk on 27-May-09, many residents were vocal on the services given by MBPJ. I lambasted MBPJ on their inefficiency and inaction over my various complaints ( substantiated by CDs. PowerPoint Presentation on Notebok and Documented Reports with MBPJ people.

I did not stop there, for I sent fury emails out to whom I know in MBPJ and State Government to voice my reservation that there will not be much changes. I guessed view is reinforced by recent exposures .... which I believe is really the tip of iceberg. The challenge is how we ensure that the mass of iceberg below the tip is answerable to the rate-payers.

Yes, I believe in local government election to bring back our real say .. if not money spend on mobile toilets will go to the drain ..... together with many other spendings ... for who?

Jimmy Tan

Anonymous said...

There had been some talk about the necessity of changing the Federal Constitution in order to make elections of local councils possible. How true is that statement?

Even now the BN government has implemented the JKKKP to be in parallel to the JKKK in the States governed by PR coalition. By doing so the BN can channel the funds to its JKKKP and bypassing the rightful JKKK.

I am just curious in the case of US/Australia/or Canada how the funds at the Federal level channelled to the State level if these two levels are ruled by different political parties?

YB Hannah. Do get some lawyers to attend your meeting to provide some useful insight into the mechanism of having a workable election for local councils.

allurban said...

Anonymous said: I am just curious in the case of US/Australia/or Canada how the funds at the Federal level channelled to the State level if these two levels are ruled by different political parties?

The answer is through pre-existing transfer agreements and negotiation between the "first ministers" (in Canada and Australia) and the Governors with the President (in the USA).

These countries also have "Transfer Payments" whereby the province/state government send revenue to the Federal government for Federal Matters. The government can then divide that revenue up and send more to the "have-not" states.

In these countries, the states also have kept control over many areas of governance. For example, health care, education and transportation are usually in the hands of the government of each state/province while the Federal government acts as a coordinator.

Sincerely

Moaz Yusuf Ahmad