Rabu, 28 Januari 2009

Pakatan Rakyat report card roadshow

By The Sun Maria J. Dass
PETALING JAYA (jan 27, 2009): The public in Selangor will get a chance to evaluate the performance of the local authorities and the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government during a road show in March.The road show will be held at every local council and will be open to the public, said state executive councillor in charge of local government, research and development Ronnie Liu.“All local council presidents, councillors, officers and I will attend the hearings,” he told theSun recently.“This is how we will be evaluating our performance since Pakatan Rakyat took over last year.“It is the people who will be giving us our report cards,” Liu added.This will be a good avenue for the public to voice out their problems and grouses and to give suggestions on how to improve the administration.“We have to be bold enough to face criticisms hurled at us,” Liu said.He said the state will also conduct a survey on the quality of services delivered by the local authorities to determine areas that need improvement.The PR has had a few hiccups during the start of its administration when there was much displeasure over the appointment of several local councillors, whose appointments were viewed as payback for their loyalty to their respective parties.Even Liu has come under fire recently for what was perceived to be his interference in local councils. His predecessor, Datuk Teh Kim Poo, has accused him of collecting money from traders for the Chinese New Year market in Pandamaran to help them get a space to trade from the Klang Municipal Council – a practice which Liu accused Teh himself of initiating.

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