Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Only inefficient contractors' services terminated, says Liu - The Star

May 27, 2008

THERE was no truth in the claims that the services of all contractors providing maintenances at the various municipalities have been terminated, said state local government chairman Ronnie Liu.

Liu said the state had only directed the council presidents and mayors to terminate the services of inefficient contractors.

He said there were contractors with poor records and their services were terminated after the Pakatan Rakyat formed the government.

Liu said they have retained all the 12 council presidents and mayors with their heads of department.

“Since my appointment as the state exco, I have been working very closely with the council presidents and mayors so to improve the the image of the local authorities in Selangor.

“We know the image of the local authorities in have been tarnished with various allegations related to lack of good governance and we have to work very hard to win the confidence of the people,'' he said in his winding speech at the sitting.

To a question from assemblyman Lee Kim Sin (Pakatan - Kajang) on appointment of the local councillors, Liu said the names of the new councillors would be released by end of this month.

He said some 25% of the local councillors would be made up of members of the NGO, which included professionals, activists and the disabled.

”The new councillors will be sworn-in early next month,” said Liu, adding that the with the cooperation of the Federal Government, the election of the local councillors was expected to be introduced in years to come.

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