IT is not surprising that local councils have come under the limelight and public scrutiny recently. What is surprising is that it has taken so long.
The performance and integrity of the local councils have affected every one of us.
They are the most important grassroots authorities that interact daily with the people. We therefore expect them to provide a standard of service that is commensurate with the assessments and taxes we pay.
All of us want efficient and trustworthy local councils that can discharge their responsibilities satisfactorily.
But inducing them to do so is a big issue.
In my opinion, one of the most effective ways is to introduce elections for all local councils rather than making direct appointments.
There are many advantages to holding free elections.
First and foremost, in a free election people who are dedicated to serve the community would come forward and offer to serve.
Local council candidates have to face the electorate and subject themselves to a formal evaluation and selection process.
The elected councillors are made accountable to the community as their tenure of office depends on the electorate in each constituency, which would assess their performance and ability daily.
A short tenure of office would further act as an incentive for the elected councillors to perform better.
C.S. NG, Ampang. (via e-mail)
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