Strengthen the role of Powers of the Local Authorities
The last Parliamentary sitting of 2019 ended on 5 Dec 2019. Here’s the summary of progress on PH’s Institutional and Political Reform
Develop further the roles of local authority (PBT) including the City Councils
Bicycle patrols and smart solutions
27 December 2019
In attempts to make Subang Jaya a safer, greener and smarter place to live and work in, the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ)’s enforcement team now has a patrol cycling unit for three townships – Taipan MPSJ HQ, USJ 10 and Bandar Puteri, Puchong. MPSJ collaborates with TM One to install the use of 5G technology in tackling parking, congestion and security issues. MPSJ is the first local authority in Malaysia to use the 5G standard in its day to day operations.
18 August 2019
The Housing and Local Government Ministry needs three years to prepare the working paper on the proposal to implement local council elections for the Cabinet’s approval.
8 July 2019 – The Housing and Local Government Ministry is in the midst of preparing a Cabinet paper on the revival of local government elections. Its deputy minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad said that the Ministry hoped to present the paper by the end of the year.
1 May 2019 – The Housing and Local Government Ministry is expected to amend several laws in Parliament as early as the end of 2020 to reinstate local government elections, its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said.
She will also push for higher women participation as local councillors.
Ensure PBT achieve international services standards in carrying out their responsibilities
Use global agenda (such as the Sustainable Development Goals 2030) as the benchmark to improve PBT nationwide
Improve PBT’s accountability to the local community
19 new faces in Penang councillors’ line-up
8 January 2020
The Penang state government appointed 48 new councillors for both Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP), in which each city council will have 24 councillors. There are 19 new faces in the line-up, 11 of whom are in MBPP and eight in MBSP. They are experienced professionals such as lawyers, engineers, lecturers, companies’ director and businessmen/businesswomen and their particulars have gone through the MACC security filter.
City Hall to gather feedback from restaurant operators
8 January 2020
Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham A Dahlan said that Kuala Lumpur City Hall will meet restaurant operators and related parties to get recommendations and feedback from stakeholders on the implementation of designated smoking areas.
Local authorities can apply for allocation to set up designated smoking areas
7 January 2020
Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Zuraida Kamaruddin said that all 155 local authorities are available for those who want to provide special smoking areas in public places within their premises can apply for an allocation.
Amend the local Government Act 1976
17 August 2019
George Town, which was the first local authority to conduct local government elections in 1857, has been touted to be the place for the rebirth of municipal elections in the country. The state capital is among several local authorities shortlisted to hold the third tier polls once the proposal is approved by the cabinet. Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said Penang had expressed interest in carrying out the local election even when Pakatan Harapan was the opposition.
3 August 2019 – IT seems strange that Sarawak would see local council elections as an attempt by Putrajaya to take over local government administration in the state. In his speech, the Chief Minister said Sarawak’s right over its local government was enshrined in the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Local civil society organisations will be given platforms to express their views directly in the PBT