Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mass swearing-in for councillors in Selangor - The Star


THE 288 newly-appointed local government councillors in Selangor will attend a mass swearing-in and briefing on their duties at the state secretariat in Shah Alam on July 5.

State Local Government, Research and Study Committee chairman Ronnie Liu said the briefing would be simple and the councillors would be sent for a two-day training stint at the state-run Local Government Training Institute in Jugra later to allow them to have a full understanding of their duties.

He said each council would send four of its 24 councillors at a time and the state government would organise the training starting next month.

“Since we are the only state with such a training institute, an offer to train councillors has been extended to all the other Pakatan Rakyat-led state governments. We are also open to requests from the non-Pakatan states,” he told a press conference after attending the weekly executive council meeting at the state secretariat building recently.

According to Liu, the group attending the first study trip arranged by the state government left for Singapore on Thursday by stage bus to see how the Singapore Housing Board manages its township to ensure it is clean and green.

The group was to look into how Singapore managed its highrise residential developments, maintained smooth traffic flow and ran an efficient public transportation system.

He said the group of 37 on the trip funded by local councils included himself, the heads of all 12 local councils in the state and a few officers from the Landscape Department.

No other politician or spouses of those going on the trip joined them and the hotel at which they stayed was not a five-star hotel, he added.

He agreed that there were local experts who could provide assistance on landscaping and local council management but said there was no harm in learning from a country that had a world-acknowledged local planning and management system.

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