Monday, October 13, 2008

15 councils to cover whole state - Star

Oct 13, 2008 By SYLVIA LOOI

THE whole of Perak will be put under the administration of 15 local councils.

State Education, Local Government, Housing and Public Transport Committee chairman Nga Kor Ming said previously, the 15 councils were administering only 15% of the state’s 21,005 sq km area.

Nga: Previously, 85% of Perak was unattended, leading to problems “That left 85% of the area unattended, leading to problems such as lack of basic services like the cleaning of drains, rubbish collection and grass cutting,” he said recently.

The move to gazette the entire state under the local authorities, Nga added, would ensure the people of Perak received the much-needed services.

Perak, he added, was the fourth state to do so after Kedah, Penang and Malacca.

Nga said the move would also increase the council revenues.

“It will also be helpful in promoting the local councils from municipality to city council status or from district to municipality status,” he added.

Nga added the move was approved by the state executive council (exco) meeting held recently and would be submitted to the Cabinet for approval soon.

Previously, villages which do not come under the local authorities maintain the cleanliness of the villages themselves.

On another matter, Nga said the state had recently approved a 0.7ha plot of land to SJK (C) Eok Kwan in Pengkalan Hulu.

The school, said Nga, had been applying for land since 1966 but there had been no news.

He noted that the school had 267 pupils.

Nga also told temple committees to respect social norms when organising shows in conjunction with religious festivals.

Citing the recent Nine Emperor God festival recently, Nga said his Pantai Remis service centre had received five complaints against performers who dressed sexily and spoke provocatively.

”We will not hesitate to act against the temple committee if they allow the performers to continue with such antics,” he added.

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