‘Politicians can head local councils’

Elected representatives can be appointed to top management positions in local authorities, says Ng Sze Han.

However, the state local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman added that many aspects needed to be considered before the appointment. This would include the candidate having the relevant management experience because overseeing a local authority was not easy, he said.

Ng was replying to a question by Mohd Sany Hamzan (PH-Taman Templer) on whether the state would consider appointing politicians to head such bodies.

To a follow-up question from Harumaini Omar (PH-Batang Kali) on vacancies in local authorities, Ng said transfer of staff — whether permanent or temporary — was common in agencies to fill vacancies with those with the relevant skills and required expertise.

“The state does not have a mechanism or schedule to change the top management between local authorities, as it will depend on the present need, in line with the law.

“For local authority staff, excluding the top management, redesignation and transfers are done within the local authority according to their needs, ” he said.

Ng said the Federal Government through the Housing and Local Government Ministry was studying the feasibility of forming a Local Authority Service Commission to facilitate these transfers.

“If successful, all staff transfers including those in the top management between the local authorities are expected to boost their career development, ” he added.

Ng said all transfers within the local authorities were at the discretion of the mayor or council president.

“If a transfer that is not related to ones qualification is made, complaints can be lodged with the state for investigation, ” added Ng.

Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari (PH-Sungai Tua) said the transfers between local authorities in the state in 2009 and 2010 resulted in some positions remaining vacant for long periods.

“Such transfers can only happen if the person and the local authorities concerned are agreeable.

“The ministry’s initiative to form a commission is encouraged because it will enable transfers between the local authorities in the country. Otherwise, Selangor will implement a mechanism to facilitate such transfers within the state, ” he said.

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