Monday, March 10, 2008

The dawn of new era in Selangor

THE people of Selangor woke up on Sunday morning to confront a new government for the first time in Malaysian history.

With a majority of seats won over by the former opposition parties, the Selangor can expect a new administration, both at state and local government levels.
Derek Fernandez

The most ostensible change the people will witness is the replacement of the Menteri Besar (MB) and the members of his office.

“The new MB will appoint new people. My take is that all the existing councillors in the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Subang Jaya Town Council (MPSJ) will be removed, and there are good chances that the new councillors appointed are those who live within the constituencies,” said Derek Fernandez, an expert in local government and town planning law.

He said under the Local Government Act 1976, the appointment of councillors is the prerogative of the MB.

Which meant that political affiliation would not hold weight in the appointment of a councillor, as was the practise in the old regime, added Fernandez.

“For instance, Edward Lee (Bukit Gasing assemblyman, DAP) has promised to appoint to the council community leaders and professionals in their own fields,” he said.

This would pave the way for local government elections; however, the same Act would have to be amended at the Federal and state levels for it to be possible.

“The new MB would have to consult with his legal experts to find out if a unilateral amendment can be made to move for elections at the local government level.”

Fernandez believes the appointment of new officers would result in a check on the revenue situation of the council.

“The change in the people in office, will follow with structural changes and implementation of policies which may translate to substantial enhancement in the quality of life for the people of Selangor.

“I hope there will be transparency which translates to prosperity for all levels of the community in PJ,” he said.

(articles taken from The Star Online)


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