Party over for Councillors?

Posted on November 13, 2011


For those who’ve aspired to become members of their local council, especially those who thought of doing it by joining political parties and going up the ranks…maybe you should re-evaluate your strategy. Maybe.

Our Chief Minister just made it clear that one no longer needs to be a member of a party in order to become a Councillor.

So for the present Councillors, who happen to be there by courtesy of the party they represent, the party may indeed be over for you, as you will probably be replaced in the next term by technocrats, who may or may not be civil servants.

Anyway, there’s no guarantee that all the present Councillors will be out after they finish out their terms, so don’t fret just yet…especially if you happen to be an effective Councillor for your respective areas, that is.

As our Chief Minister pointed out, political affiliations and loyalty should take a backseat to efficiency in public service as this would encourage a strong sense of participation among the people.

He also added that  it was necessary to carry out a revamp of the local authorities for the sake of greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness…and also in order to make them more “people-centric” with the involvement of grassroots leaders.

It will indeed be interesting to see who your next Councillor will be.

Why… it could even be you, couldn’t it?

The times they are a-changin’ indeed!

How The Borneo Post posted it:

Councillors need not be party members

November 11, 2011, Friday

SHOWING INTEREST: Taib, flanked by wife Puan Sri Ragad Waleed Taib (right) and Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, visiting a booth displaying physiotherapy exercise for children with special needs.

CM calls for revamp of local authorities to make them more people-centric

MIRI: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said membership of political parties should not be the main criterion for appointment of councillors to local authorities.

“We don’t want too much element of politics in the local government. Let the people be the councillors, I believe the people at the grassroots can do better,” he said in his address at the state level Senior Citizens’ Day Celebration at a leading hotel here yesterday.

A revamp of the local authorities to make them more people-centric with the involvement of grassroots leaders was necessary for greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness, he added.

Political affiliations and loyalty should take a backseat to efficiency in public service as this would encourage a strong sense of participation among the people

Taib said the change in the local government machinery was vital in the implementation of the 1Malaysia concept of “People First, Performance Now”.

He added the responsibility of taking care of the various interests of society should not be shouldered by government servants only but the people also had to participate actively to ensure the state could achieve a balanced development.

He pointed out a developed government’s aim was to shrink its machinery to cut unnecessary expenses and minimise waste of public funds.

“A developed government is one which saves public money and not charge people with too much tax.”

Taib said senior citizens could play a role in helping the state achieve a balanced development by sharing their invaluable knowledge and experience with the younger generation.

He called on senior citizens to be an effective bridge for the government and the people.

He strongly believed with such commitment, the aspiration to achieve a leaner and more efficient “small government” could be achieved in the next four to five years.

Later at the same function, Taib presented awards to four senior citizens for their contribution the society. The recipients were Temenggong Ang Keng Su (Model of Service Centre Award), Ting Ing Seek (Model of Sport Award) and two recipients, Suja ak Luntu  and Madon Puasa,  for the Model of Arts Award.

The Chief Minister  and other dignitaries later visited an expo held in conjunction with Senior Citizen Day.