February 1st, 2008 by Hafiz Noor Shams
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?