In The Star today:

KUANTAN: Public opinion rather than the Government’s evaluation will matter when improving the star-rating system to measure the performance and efficiency of local authorities, particularly their delivery system.

Housing and Local Government Ministry secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail said it was better to get popular views other than the evaluation done by a special team.

“After doing a similar exercise involving government departments, we thought it would be better to get public opinion .

“We do not want a situation where the public question us for giving a five-star rating to a certain local authority when they feel that it does not deserve it,” he said after attending a meeting between the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and mayors and presidents of local authorities from Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan here yesterday. [Public opinion to decide star rating. The Star. February 1 2008]

Do you not think local elections would do a better job at that? What better way to gauge public opinion than to have local elections?

2 Responses to “[1532] Of might as well reintroduce local elections”

  1. on 01 Feb 2008 at 16:08 moo_t

    But we know the local councils are gravy trains for all BN members. They will not give up the kowtow appointment method over local elections.

    IMHO, when BN growth to a number when the gravy trains can’t fulfill all their wishes, or it take 10-20 years for one to fulfill their get rich quick local councils appointment scheme, endless fights will be spark and the appointment system will collapse. And the local councils election is the only way to prevent them killing each other. Not sure the global climate allow Malaysia to wait that long.

  2. on 01 Feb 2008 at 19:22 Anti PAS

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    Hafiz, you fool, don’t make stupid suggestions like reintroducing local elections. There is no need for elections in the first place, regardless local, state or federal.

    Myanmar is a model democracy as it practises one party democratic centralism, known as communism. No need to change governments as this is stupid! We need to change policy.