Tuesday, March 9, 2010

PM: Local gov't polls cause too much politicking

Local government polls cause too much politicking and too much money wasted.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said it was unnecessary to hold local government elections as it would cause too much politicking.

Najib said instead of electing local government representatives, he said the focus should be instead on improving services of local authorities.

He said this in response to demands by the Pakatan Rakyat held state governments of Penang and Selangor to hold local polls.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said his DAP-led government wanted to restore elections in the state's two municipal councils and he had written a letter to the Election Commission urging the agency to organize them.

A day later, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that his government would follow suit.

It has been over 40 years since the government outlawed local council elections through the Local Government Act 1976.

Local polls were suspended following the declaration of emergency on Sept 3, 1964, which remains in force.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't waste public funds.