Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 6 August 2018
Ever since local elections were suspended in 1965 during the Confrontation crisis with the assurance that they would be restored as soon as peace was declared, the Alliance and then the BN failed for 53 years to do so. Now the PH government are dragging their feet over bringing back elected local government. It was clear that the Alliance and later the BN opted for the convenience of appointing their own political party cronies as councillors rather than risk the uncertainties of democratic elections. Since 2008, the PH government has been following suit in the states they control, namely, Selangor and Penang. This temptation for any ruling coalition is certainly strong for the local tiers of government have been seen as the launch pad for political party appointees as well as their NGO allies all these years.