Membership of district councils to be increased: Jaujan
Published on: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Semporna: Membership of all district councils in Sabah will be increased, including appointment of professionals, to ensure effectiveness of the work system of the Local Authority, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong.Jaujan, who is also the Housing and Local Government Minister, said the matter was being discussed with the Permanent Secretary as well as members of the ministry.

"For example, to the 24 district council members, we will add another six, making it 30 councillors.

"Look at Tawau, the urban areas are wider and if the number of councillors remain at 24, they will lack the ability to carry out their duties as best as they can," he said.

He was speaking to reporters after witnessing the swearing-in of 18 new faces to the Semporna district council, here, Wednesday.

In the meantime, he said, the appointments of professionals, especially in the construction field, architects and engineering as district council members, is believed will help accelerate the various development processes in the district.

"For this development which involves legalities, we need these professionals.

Through the appointment of professionals, the local authorities can handle the complaints of the people, for example related to development plans that are slowly processed as there is no expertise in the local authorities," he said.

Meanwhile, Jaujan said the collection of quit rent arrears in Sabah was critical following the ineffective approach of the district council administration, including the people's sensitivity on the role of paying quit rent.

He said the tax payment was not for the use of the district council but would be returned to the people through local development.

Photo Source: Bernama


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