I wonder how many of our local councils can achieve this level of transparency.
We still have a long way to go. Even in the CAT land of Penang, the MPPP (the council for Penang Island) still does not put up its annual budget on its website for public view. It only has the annual accounts.
When I enquired with the MPPP when it would be displaying its budget on its website, I received a reply saying sedang buat kajian about the possibility of displaying it.
I then asked them how long this kajian would last.
The MPSP (the council for mainland Penang), on the other hand, has its budget for 2010 up and its annual report for 2009, but even then its not easy to find the actual or budgeted surplus or deficit. It won’t be easily evident to the layperson looking up the website. Try it and see.
To win the confidence of the public, local councils should show their summarised and detailed results and budgets in and easy to read and even graphical format.
Hotline or complaint numbers must also be prominently displayed and publicised all over the state.