Housing and Local Government Minister Chor Chee Heung has reportedly said that the recent Penang enactment to restore local council elections is “automatically annulled” as it conflicts with federal law.
Malaysiakini reports him as saying in Parliament “after consulting with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, we found that the (Enactment for Local Elections in Penang Island and Province Wellesley 2012) is invalidated by law.”
Apparently, Section 15 and other provisions in the Local Government Act 1976 supersede the Local Government Elections Act 1960.
Hey Chor, how about consulting the people for a change? Remember them? The people you are supposed to be serving?
If it is in conflict with federal law, then get your Cabinet colleagues to initiate an amendment to the relevant federal law. Simple.
Why are you all so afraid of local council elections? We want democracy at all levels.