Will Najib's Directive To Local Councils Be Heeded? Fat Hopes.
He said the current local government structure nationwide had many weaknesses and this had caused the public to react strongly to some of the decisions made. Najib was speaking to reporters after chairing the 55th National Council for Local Governments meeting here yesterday.
**** The first question that comes to mind is, who is responsible for the cavalier attitude of the corrupt local councils? That dubious honour goes to the government and its leaders including Najib. Even at the point where he acknowledges that there are many weaknesses in local councils, the sly politician in him shows, when he said that while a review of local government structure is on the cards, it did not necessarily mean that councillors would be directly elected by the public. “Do not presume that there will be elections.” How do you trust the advice or orders of such a man who gives from one hand and rudely snatches it back with the other?
It is really sad that no senior politician whether it be Najib, Pak Lah or anybody else is really concerned about the criminal activities and misdoings of local councils. They seem to be a law unto themselves and the top leadership is merely paying lip-service about reforming them, while local authorities loot the people with impunity. Almost everyday you can read in The Sun about the corrupted local councils and their activities. But what is being done? The Local Government Ministry is a paper tiger in the purest sense of the term. It has no powers over the criminals running these authorities. Direct elections cannot be held because Umno leaders fear that the DAP will sweep all urban council seats and prove that they can do a far better job than the crooks currently at the helm.
So where does this depressing state of affairs leave the poor rate-payer? Exactly where he was 20 years ago and where he shall be in another two decades - down in the dumps. In the meanwhile Najib will continue to make the same speech half-a-dozen times and give the same advice and directive to which the local councils will give a silent "up yours" and continue as if nothing has happened and sure in their conviction that nothing can stop them.
God Bless Us All!!
**** Details on Najib's bullshit here: DPM: Get public opinion