Friday, September 01, 2006

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Councillors. What Qualifies Them For The Post?

What prompted me to ask this question was the statements of these so-called councillors during the first full-board meeting chaired by new Petaling Jaya mayor Mohamad Roslan Sakiman recently. While the mayor pledged to look into the city's on-going billboard controversy, it was interesting to read of the reactions and priorities of some of these councillors.

One chap, waving reports of the Sun newspaper on the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)'s double-dealing with two billboard companies which showed that RM450,000 was paid to the council's football team as inducement to award exclusive outdoor advertising rights to one company, urged the Council to investigate and sue the paper! To this, he received the "ayes" of all 23 councillors present at the meeting!

Another councillor Dr Wong Chee Yong was more interested in finding out how minutes of the Dec 22 (2005) full-board meeting managed to leak out. Part of the minutes that mentioned Wong's name was published in theSun on Aug 29 (2006).

"Isn't it classified?" he asked. And this guy is a doctor! How they became councillors and still don't know the simple fact that minutes of full-board meetings are public documents, I still can't comprehend.

The Sun has been in the forefront of exposing serious corruption and other wrongdoings in the various local authorities but the misdeeds continue unimpeded. Unfortunately for the public, the politician-civil servant-businessman nexus is now stronger than ever before. At this rate, with the government showing no inclination at all to stem this tide of greed and corruption, the only recourse left to us is the courts.

The Judiciary, the one institution with some credibility still left, will be the battlefield of the future for citizens to reassert their power and recover the rights which are constitutionally theirs. The judges will have to restore to the public what the politicians have greedily snatched away from them.


Anonymous Jins said...

Office boy pun boleh, labourer pun boleh, samseng pun boleh, semua boleh. Takpayah kelayakan. Malaysia Boleh.

6:37 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Terima kasih jins, for your sumbangan. I don't know about samsengs, but the other occupations you mentioned are probably represented in these councils.

9:52 PM GMT+8  
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