Government wants to limit term of councillors

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  • Monday, 23 Jun 2003

SEREMBAN: The Housing and Local Government Ministry wants to limit the term of councillors to inject more public accountability in the municipality. 

Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk M. Kayveas said: “Even senators had a limit to their terms in office and it is only proper that the same rules apply to councillors.” 

He noted that ministry officials were looking at amending the Local Government Act to increase the number of councillors from the existing 24 to 36. 

“The Act is outdated and needs to be amended to enable a better definition on the role of councillors in a municipality,” he said after attending the closing of the PPP’s election machinery course by Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad here yesterday. 

Kayveas said many councillors were ineffective and not taking part in decision-making. 

“We are also looking into ways to compel the local authorities to improve their tax collection,” he said, adding that they were too dependent on the Federal Government.  

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