Buskers gathered yesterday evening at the junction of Chulia Street and Penang Road in support of local democracy in Penang.
A host of events has been lined up for the two-month Local Democracy Festival which lasts two months until 14 October 2012. It is the third such civil society commemoration. The Penang state government is reportedly sponsoring RM15000 to help cover costs.
Over in Ipoh … not much local democracy there.
An activist reports:
A group of civil society members in Ipoh recently carried out a survey of the Majlis Bandaran Ipoh (MBI) councillors. The survey questionaire was similar to the one carried out in Penang in January this year.
It is regrettable that all the 23 Ipoh councillors decided not to answer the survey. Apparently, the reason is that they are answerable only to their political parties and not the ratepayers.
In contrast, the survey carried out in Penang had the full support from YB Chow and the YDPs of both MPPP and MPSP. Participation from both local councils was nearly 100 per cent.
So you see why we need local government elections?