Kayveas: Federal Govt should pick council heads


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 01 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Heads of local councils should be appointed by the Federal Government and not by the state as practised now for more effective monitoring of their performance, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk M. Kayveas said. 

He said this would also make it easier to take action against errant local council chiefs. 

“If the Federal Government had the power to appoint the heads, then I believe they would work better not only because of fear of the central government but also because of the heavy responsibility rested on them by the Government,” he told reporters before the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Supreme Council meeting here. 

Kayveas, who is party president, said at present the hands of the Federal Government were tied if local council heads were found ineffective.  

He reminded local councils to ensure that none of their staff was involved in corruption or other undesirable activities. 

He said the ministry received numerous complaints against local councils and it had gathered evidence of malpractice among local council officers. The evidence would be forwarded to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), he said. 

Kayveas said this when asked to comment on his recent statement that some Ampang Jaya Municipal Council enforcement officers were earning up to RM60,000 a month through corrupt means. 

Council president Ahmad Kabit made a press statement asking Kayveas to furnish evidence of his allegations. 

Kayveas said he had spoken to the Chief Secretary to the Government and ACA officers on the matter and action was likely to be taken soon against the culprits. – Bernama  

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