Thursday, July 30, 2009

by or before 2010....deadline for Local Council Elections. They appoint you councillors, and you no more call for elections...mmmm

In Selangor, 1 year probation period for the Local Councillors is up .... and, now those who 'passed' will be asked to enter a 3-year contract...
"The councillors will all undergo a one-year probation period and if they prove that they are good with what they do, we will extend their contract to three years," said Khalid. - Malaysiakini, 19/6/2008, S'gor local councillors list finally ready
Will the civil society activists who demanded for local council election by or before 2010 accept the contract offered by Selangor and remain Local Councillors for another 3 years?
"all State Governments, especially those of Penang, Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Kelantan, which have committed to local government elections through their manifestos or the People's Declaration, should declare their road maps for local elections with clear timelines and milestones. Holding local government elections should be prioritized, and carried out by or before 2010. " - extract from the 28/3/2008 Civil Society Memo
I have been perusing the net, and it is not clear at all whether they have accepted the 3-year appointment as local council thereby betraying their very own call for local council or before 2010.

PKR...DAP....PAS seem to be no longer talking about local council elections, are they now?

Some will argue that Local Council Elections is not possible until Pakatan Rakyat takes over the Federal Government and amend some laws... but, note that there are legal views that state that they can NOW have local council elections.

Even, if a proper elections cannot be held - they can always have a referendum of the people within a particular Local Council Area to determine the people's choice, and thereafter the State can appoint those chosen by the people...

In short, there are ways and means of giving back to the people the right to chose their own local leaders...local councilors...if there is a will.

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