Monday, March 08, 2010

PM Najib: Local gov't polls unnecessary

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

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

On Saturday, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said his government wanted to restore elections in two municipal councils and he had written a letter to the Election Commission.

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. The call to have local council elections reinstated have grown louder in recent years due to an increasing reports and complaints on alleged poor administration and weak financial management.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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