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Pakatan reneges on local council elections

 | May 5, 2011

Gerakan says that Pakatan's pledge to hold local council elections is an empty promise.

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat was today told to honour its election promise to hold local council elections.

A Gerakan leader said Pakatan’s recent announcement to hold three elections for village chiefs in Selangor by the end of thid month did not add up to holding council elections.

Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said: “Pakatan should be reminded that holding local government elections for three villages in Selangor does not absolve it from fulfilling its pledge to hold local government elections in all Pakatan-ruled states.”

Tan added that if Pakatan failed to implement local government elections in all the states won in 2008 before the next general election, then Malaysians could consider it “another Pakatan empty promise”.

Tan said that the decision to hold local government elections for three villages showed that Pakatan was clearly able to hold local council elections.

He claimed that Pakatan had previously “refused or failed”to implement local government elections for Kedah, Penang, Kelantan and Selangor, and had “constantly given various excuses, including the legality (of such elctions)”.

“Last year, the DAP-led Penang government had also commissioned a panel to study the legal aspect on holding local government elections in the state,” Tan said.

Yesterday, Selangor state executive councillor  Ean Yong Hian Wah announced that a pilot project for local elections for village heads in Kampung Baru Sungai Jarom, Kampung Baru Pandamaran and Kampung Bagan in Pulau Ketam, would be held end of May.

“If this works out, then we will consider expanding this to elect all the state (local) councillors,” said Ean Yong, the new village development and illegal factory settlement executive council chairman.

He said the three local council elections did not involve the Election Commission.
Since 2008, Pakatan had pledged numerous times to restore local government elections, but had stopped short of an immediate implementation in all the states it governed.

Pakatan’s People’s Declaration, which all three Pakatan component parties endorsed during the 2008 election, had also upheld the principle of local elections. This was also reaffirmed last year during the Pakatan convention.


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