ONLY ELECTED LOCAL COUNCILS CAN PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCANDALS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 June 2019

The Malaysian people have become totally fed-up with the performance of their local authorities all these years. Our daily newspapers abound with complaints about the many aspects of local councils’ irresponsibility and questionable activities. The inertia and non-accountability of local councils have resulted in bottlenecks, discontentment and environmental disasters which are holding back our development. Looking at examples of successful councils in the developed countries, we find that their most distinguishing features are the fact that they are elected; council meetings are open and transparent; accountability is demanded; there is participation by ratepayers, and there are established mechanisms to manage change.

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