State to study local election implementation

A burning question: The reports published by StarMetro on Dec 15.

THE Selangor government will form a technical committee to study the implementation of local council election.

While stating that the state government still intended to hold council election, Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah would not reveal a time frame as to when the committee would be formed or when the elections would take place.

He was responding to StarMetro’s front-page story on the unfulfilled promise made by the Pakatan Rakyat government to hold local council elections in Selangor.

Ean Yong said the state would tap on experience gained from the pilot project of elections held between June and August 2011 at new villages to choose their chiefs.

The villages were Kampung Bagan Pulau Ketam, Kampung Baru Jenjarom and Kampung Baru Pandamaran.

MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said she was waiting to see the Pakatan-led Selangor government fulfil their pledge since two general elections ago.

“Before they make promises, they should know if they are able to deliver. If they have pledged to the public that they will hold a local council election, then they must fulfil the promise. Otherwise it is called cheating,” she said.

StarMetro had reported in June 2011 that the village chief elections in Kampung Baru Sungai Jarom, Kampung Baru Pandamaran and Kampung Bagan in Pulau Ketam was a pilot project by the state.

The follow-up report on Aug 15, 2011 highlighted the lone woman candidate, Low Mee See, being elected as the Kampung Baru Pandamaran village chief.

Low was a former Klang Municipal councillor and she beat five other candidates by amassing 1,076 votes in the village polls on Aug 14.

Meanwhile in Kampung Baru Sungai Jarom, Tan Cheng Hin won uncontested as the village chief and Kampung Bagan Pulau Ketam village chief Cha Keng Lee retained his post in Selangor’s first village election that saw the use of henna instead of indelible ink.

Cha received 749 votes to beat his opponent Chua Chin Song, who obtained 450 votes.

It was also reported that voter turnout was poor, with less than 3,000 of the 13,899 eligible voters turning up to cast their vote.

Local elections were suspended in 1964 following Indonesia’s Ganyang Malaysia confrontation and councillors have since been appointed by the respective states.

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