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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dasar Pentadbiran Kerajaan 'dari Rakyat untuk Rakyat'

Saya tertarik dengan penulisan kolumnis Datuk Dr Goh Ban Lee di akhbar The Sun yang melontarkan cadangan dan cabaran kepada Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor untuk mengamalkan dasar pentabiran yang lebih mendahului keadilan sosial rakyat dari kepentingan politik yang semakin muak dan memualkan.

Ironinya, saya pernah beberapa kali berjumpa dan berbual dengan tuan punya gambar :)

Amalan pentadbiran kerajaan  yang dicadangkan tampak remeh tetapi saya tetap percaya mampu membawa perubahan ke arah membentuk kembali kerajaan yang mengamalkan "Good Governance" tatkala rakyat sebahagian besar hanya merasa kuah dari sekawah gulai  apabila pemimpin yang dipilih melalui proses demokrasi ini gagal menjalankan tanggungjawab melalui peruntukan yang diberikan. 

Perjuangan Dasar Pentadbiran Kerajaan 'dari Rakyat untuk Rakyat wajar diteruskan dengan kemahuan sebahagian besar rakyat . Sebagaimana era pentadbiran Tun Abdul Razak dan Tun Mahathir yang terbukti membawa kemakmuran kepada rakyat dan negara sehingga hari ini . 

Ini adalah peluang terbaik Pakatan Rakyat membuktikannya. Bukannya janji kosong 16 September yang sering dilaungkan.

Kelab Chedet 
Mengkritik bukan bererti menentang tetapi menuntut perubahan


Give RM1m directly to Selangor local councils

LAST week there was an announcement that Selangor Pakatan Rakyat state assemblymen were allocated RM1 million each to be spent in the next three months. These allocations are for them to repair roads, build bridges and improve drainage in conjunction with their respective local governments (Malaysiakini, Jan 12).
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim explained that the state government would have allocated a similar amount to Barisan Nasional state reps if the federal government also allocates development funds to PR members of Parliament, just like it has been doing for BN MPs. The overture to BN was rejected.

While it might make PR leaders feel good to adopt a "tit-for-tat" attitude, it is wrong to allocate such funds to only PR state reps. The practice adopted by the BN at the federal government and BN state governments is wrong and unethical in a parliamentary democracy. Surely PR leaders want to be seen as better than their BN counterparts.

Voters in Selangor, Penang, Perak and Kedah voted for PR candidates in March 2008 not because they had done great things, but rather for being fed up with the BN for doing things that were seen as unfair and not according to good governance. Even if it is perceived that all is fair in politics as in love and war, it is not so clever to follow the practice of the people one defeated.

Besides, it is not true that one can do anything in politics. Rule of law and fairness are still expected.

Instead of allocating the RM1 million to state reps, the funds should be allocated to the 12 local councils. The question of unfairness for not allocating to BN state reps becomes a non-issue. This also ensures that all local councils, including those with BN state reps, get their fair share of allocations.

All state reps, PR as well as BN, can make proposals to the local councils, just like any ratepayer. Let the presidents or mayors and councillors decide on the use of the funds.

Under the existing system, individual state reps have no official role in the workings of the local council. They cannot upgrade a municipal drain or build a public toilet on council land, just as no one is allowed to build anything on council property.

Although state reps are quite familiar with problems in their constituencies, they need the assistance of municipal officers for technical support to identify solutions and supervise projects. If the funds are given to state reps, municipal officers should not be involved as the projects are not funded and approved by the local councils.

Furthermore, infrastructure work and development projects such as garden furniture and public toilets are long-term affairs. Once a road is upgraded or a public toilet built, it needs maintenance. As such, the use of special funds for state reps without going through the local councils may not be sustainable because there might be no funds in the following years to keep the infrastructure in good condition.

The money should be allocated directly to local councils so that they can identify projects that fit into their overall development plans. Since councillors and presidents or mayors are appointed by the PR state government, they should be trusted to use the extra funds to undertake projects that will benefit the people and make the state government look good.

It should be noted that in Selangor, councillors are allocated zones. In many cases, their appointments as councillors are the result of strong recommendations of PR state reps. As such, they tend to work closely together. There are many ways to make state reps look good when projects are completed.

If there are good proposals by BN state reps, these should be implemented. These projects will still be seen as those of the local councils whose councillors and presidents or mayors are appointees of the state government.

Despite the almost daily reports of racist rabble-rousers fighting for some segmented issues, there are many Malaysians who value fairness and integrity. They may not shout slogans and burn effigies, but they do vote for candidates belonging to parties which practise good governance and are seen to be fair.

The country is desperately in need of leaders with integrity. The last general election has given PR politicians a chance to be such leaders.

Datuk Dr Goh Ban Lee is a senior research fellow at the Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute and is interested in urban governance, housing and urban planning.

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