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LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ADS 505)

Athi Nahappan Proposals NUR FATIN FATIHAH BINTI AHMAD RUZI http://rielistic911.blogspot.com/2011/0 9/how-to-accessbypass-blocked-or.html

b) Analyse Athi Nahappan proposals for Local Government in Malaysia and the extent to which those proposals can be introduced today.

Athi Nahappan Proposals


In 1965 the Athi Nahappan Royal Commission was set up to examine and restructure the entire LG system in West Malaysia. Its objectives were:

1)To investigate if the present system of LG serves any useful purpose

2) To report on the above matters and to make such recommendations, taking into account the adequacy of existing laws with regard to local authorities

Athi Nahappan main recommendations:


1. That every inch of the country should be covered by a local authority 2) Every householder in a local authority should be required to pay a nominal contribution of not less than $1 per annum in lieu of rates (In UK it is called a poll tax)

3) There should be one single law applicable to all local authorities and every state should enforce the law within 6 month.

4) A local authority should be decentralized and be autonomous body corporate consisting of fully elected members with financial and administrative autonomy but subject to the control by the state authority

5) Election should be run on a party basis

6) Every local authority should have a management board.

7) The secretary of a local authority should be chief administrator and executive officer of a local authority ( Right now the DO is still the chief executive at the local level)

8)The secretary should be the focal point of public administration in a district and not the D.O (the D.O should be eventually abolished

9) That there should be Regional Inspectorates in LG. They can represent the northern, eastern and southern regions in Peninsular Malaysia.

10) That there should be a State Commissioner of LG in each states

11) A state committee for LG should be established in each state to exercise the function of the state in relation to LG

12) A local government tribunal should be set up to deal with complaints from public

13) A ward committee should be set up in every ward of a local authority

14) All trade and business registered under the Registration and Business Ordinance 1956 should be required to pay a license fee annually

The extent Athi Nahappan Proposal can be introduced today.

1) Every inch of the country should be covered by a local authority

Nowadays, Malaysia already covered by the Local Authority Ex: In Malacca, MBMB will only covered its own local area. Same with MPHTJ. They will not interfere each other.

2)A local authority should be decentralized and be autonomous body corporate consisting of fully elected members with financial and administrative autonomy but subject to the control by the state authority

In Malaysia, the LG are decentralized and autonomous body. Each LG have their own LAW. All the government servant are appointed. But all of the LAW are bind by the Federal Constitution

3) The secretary of a local authority should be chief administrator and executive officer of a local authority (Right now the DO is still the chief executive at the local level)

In the Local level the chief executive are District Officer The DO are responsible towards his own territory.

4) A local government tribunal should be set up to deal with complaints from public

Nowadays, each LG have their own Bureau Public Complaint (Biro Pengaduan Awam) Their responsibilities are to manage all the comments and complains made by the public. They want to get the customer feedback Ex: all the people stay in MBMB can make a complaint in E-COMPLAINT

5)Every local authority should have a management board.

The local authority have their own management board. Ex:The MBPJ have their own management board same goes to MBSJ