PAS’ Siti Rohaya Ahad will advocate a technocracy government instead of the local government elections if the Islamist party comes into power.
“Under this, the ruling government appoints academicians, representatives of NGOs and professionals from different backgrounds to hold positions in government departments, ministries and councils.
“For example, an engineer could be appointed the minister overseeing local councils.
“A technocracy government serves as an alternative for local government elections, it covers the government at all levels – federal, state and local. This is the first thing I’ll push for if I’m elected,” said the former Shah Alam city councillor, who is vying for the Kota Damansara state seat.
She was speaking to StarMetro after a dialogue with voters in the Kota Damansara seat which is under the Sungai Buloh parliamentary constituency.
The dialogue, organised by a group of Kota Damansara residents, served as an opportunity for residents’ representatives and voters to meet their candidates contesting in GE14.
Other Kota Damansara candidates present were incumbent Datuk Halimaton Saadiah Bohan from Barisan Nasional, PKR’s Shatiri Mansor and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general A. Sivarajan.
The Sungai Buloh candidates comprised incumbent R. Sivarasa (PKR), Barisan’s A. Prakash Rao (MIC) and PSM’s Zainurizzaman Moharam, better known as Zack.
Shatiri and Sivarasa both personally supported the local government elections.
“We should have local government elections, but it cannot be done unless Pakatan Harapan is in power at the federal level,” said Sivarasa, a two-term MP.
“As a former Petaling Jaya city councillor, I encourage elections at all levels to ensure candidates are accountable and truly represent the people,” said Shatiri, adding that there should also be elections to pick residents association (RA) representatives.
Zack was “100% supportive” of local government elections, stating that people would have a better idea of who their councillors are, provided the election process was not costly or burdened taxpayers.
Also supporting the local elections was Sivarajan, who said PSM held a national campaign for it in 2014.
“We believe even the mayor should be elected. Such elections can ensure councillors understand their functions and roles, and be accountable to the people,” he added.
Meanwhile, both Halimaton and Prakash were receptive of the idea of having local government elections provided it was not burdensome to all and not be a waste of taxpayers’ money.
However, only Sivarajan signed MyPJ’s pledge promising to uphold residents’ representation through local government elections and to review Selangor’s policy on transit-oriented development (TOD).
MyPJ is a non-partisan coalition of 41 residents association and Rukun Tetangga in Petaling Jaya.