GERAKAN URGES PH GOVERNMENT TO EXPEDITE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

GERAKAN URGES PH GOVERNMENT TO EXPEDITE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

 

PRESS STATEMENT BY

 

GERAKAN VICE PRESIDENT

 

DATUK DR DOMINIC LAU HOE CHAI

 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

 

 

  1. On September 5, it was reported that Selangor Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han in a reply to a supplementary question in the State Legislative Assembly has stated that the Selangor state government will not hold elections for local authorities (PBT) at the state level in the near future.
  2. The Selangor state government cannot precede the federal government because amendments to the Local Government Act 1976 and Election Act 1958 are needed to enable local government elections to take place. This includes the reintroduction of the Local Government Election Act 1960.
  3. Last July, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said local government elections can only be done after "the nation's finances and economy stabilises", which apparently is now being repeatedly and conveniently used as a generic excuse for the delay of many electoral promises by Pakatan Harapan (PH).
  4. I urge the PH government to immediately start the efforts to implement local government elections. Apart from setting up a task force in the ministry, I hope the ministry would also reveal in detail the time frame, cost and framework to relevant interested parties, stakeholders and members of the public.
  5. I hope the PH government is sincere and committed to delivering its electoral promise of restoring local government elections. We want to see concrete plans and real efforts take place and no more endless waiting. 
  6. Cost is not an excuse to delay what is generally regarded as one of many major reform agendas. I believe local government elections is also eagerly longed for by general Malaysians which is one of many reasons why PH received a mandate from the people in the just concluded general election.
  7. PH should have done enough research before promising the restoration of local council elections to the people in its manifesto. In this sense, the PH government should have no excuse to delay further, its credibility would be undermined if so.
  8. The PH government has come under heavy criticism in recent months because of many policy U-turns were said to have committed contradicting its own electoral promises in the manifesto. I sincerely hope the promise to restore local council elections would not be one of them.
  9. I call on the PH government to show the necessary political will to see the eventual implementation of local council elections in the near future. PH leaders must walk the talk as there are now in positions of power now as the government of the day and they hold the majority in the Dewan Rakyat. PH will be judged by the results, not by efforts of activities.

 

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