Transparency and accountability was also not there in the PR-State ruled Local Councils. No minutes. No public access to Loacl Council meetings (and meetings of the various committees), which provided by law should be open to the public.
No accounts - how much income? How was the monies being spent? Are the Local Council still spending a lot of monies for 'overseas trips', uniforms and other perks for the Local Councillors.
But of late, in Selangor, there is some positive movement, as announced by Teng Chang Kim, i.e. Local Council meetings will be broadcast live, and minutes will finally be made available...A move in the right direction, and hope it will continue...
8 Selangor local councils to broadcast monthly board meetings on websites
14 June 2013| last updated at 06:05PM
SHAH ALAM: Local councils in Selangor will broadcast live telecast of its monthly board meetings on their websites by Aug 30 this year. Local Government and Research state executive councillor Datuk Teng Chang Khim said Selangor would be the first state in Malaysia to do so, in line with the Freedom of Information Act passed by the state assembly in 2011."A lot of people have said they do not know what is happening within our local councils so this is a good way for people to understand the running of the council, its programmes and its successes," Teng said after visiting Shah Alam City Council today.He said eight local councils were given till Aug 30 to install hardware such as cameras and upgrade their software for live broadcast on the respective councils' websites.The meeting minutes will also be published on the websites.The eight local involved are the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), Klang Municipal Council (MPK), Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj), Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Selayang Municipal Council (MPS), Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp), Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).THe Hulu Selangor District Council, Hulu Langat District Council, Kuala Langat District Council and Sabak Bernam District Council will carry out the plan at a later time as these councils lacked funds, Teng said.The move to broadcast the meetings, he added, was to ensure friendlier, accountable and transparent local councils and was part of a five year action plan proposed by the state government. - New Straits Times, 14/6/2013, 8 Selangor local councils to broadcast monthly board meetings on websites
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