Appoint locals as councillors, says MCA veteran

Understanding the community: Dr Wong (left) says locals would best serve their communities as they already understand the lay of the land. — filepic

MCA veteran and former Petaling Jaya councillor Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou wants more locals to be roped in as councillors.

He said local group leaders and those who were familiar with the problems of an area, should be appointed as councillors.

“A person from Shah Alam will not know the problems of the Petaling Jaya residents.

“It is best if a resident of an area becomes a councillor.

“I think there are many capable residents,” he said.

Wong felt it was good to discuss the idea of reintroducing the local council elections as it had both its pro and cons.

However, bringing back local council election might be a step backward, he said.

“The local council election may cost time and money. This is a waste in my view.

“As compared to appointment where you can have more professionals. At least when I was a councillor between the year 1982 to 1986, we had many professionals.

“We became councillors by appointment,” he said.

Wong added that councillors were not full time government servants, and the public must understand that.

“Councillors mostly have other full time jobs.

“This could be a factor why you may not see them all the time.

“Sometimes, it takes at least two terms to familiarise themselves with the community.

“The best solution is to appoint locals,” he said.

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