IPOH: The whole of Perak will now be put under the administration of 15 local councils.
State Education, Local Government, Housing and Public Transport Committee chairman Nga Kor Ming said previously, the 15 councils were administering only 15% of the state’s 21,005 sq km area.
“That left 85% of the area unattended, leading to problems such as lack of basic services like cleaning of drains, rubbish collection and grass cutting,” he said Friday.
The move to gazette the entire state under the local authorities, Nga said, would ensure the people of Perak would receive the much-needed services.
Perak, he added, was the fourth state to do so after Kedah, Penang and Malacca.
Besides making it easier for the local councils to monitor the area, Nga said the move would also increase the councils’ revenue.
“It will also be helpful in promoting the local councils from municipality to city council status or from district to municipality status,” he added.
Nga added the move was approved by the state executive council (exco) meeting held recently and would be submitted to the Cabinet for approval soon.
Previously, villages, which do not come under the local authorities, maintain the cleanliness of the village themselves.
On another matter, Nga said the state had approved 0.7ha of land for SJK (C) Eok Kwan in Pengkalan Hulu.
The school, said Nga, had been applying for land since 1966 but there had been no news.
“The approval was given by the state exco recently,” he added, noting that the school was currently housing 267 pupils.
Nga also told temple committees to respect social norms when organising shows in conjunction with religious festivals.
Citing the recent Nine Emperor God festival recently, Nga said his Pantai Remis service centre had received five complaints against performers who dressed sexily and spoke provocatively.
“We will not hesitate to act against the temple committee if they allow the performers to continue with such antics,” he added.
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