Jan 10, 2007

So no overseas holiday for councillors during floods?



Where was Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when Johor was submerged by floods? In Perth, opening a nasi kandar restaurant which is co-owned by his brother. According to MalaysiaKini, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was opening a nasi kandar restaurant in Australia last month, at a time when disastrous floods hit Malaysia’s southern region.

According to a report in the Jan 5 edition of the Perth weekly community free paper, Asia Times, Abdullah was in the city to open the ‘Puteri Nasi Kandar’ restaurant on Dec 29.

The report entitled ‘A meal fit for a princess’ was published alongside several photos showing Abdullah opening the restaurant and sampling the food.

Meanwhile, all district and municipal councils in Johor are barred from organising overseas working visits while the areas under their jurisdiction are facing floods, said state Local Government and Health Commitee chairman Datuk Halimah Sadique.

So what can be said?, these are the MPs elected by the rakyat. So let the rakyat decide on who to elect in the next election.

(Bernama) -- All district and municipal councils in Johor are barred from organising overseas working visits while the areas under their jurisdiction are facing floods, said state Local Government and Health Commitee chairman Datuk Halimah Sadique.

She said if the visits were deemed necessary they should not be held during the monsoon season at the end of the year.

Halimah was commenting on a report of public outrage against Kluang district councillors who visited Shanghai from Dec 22, five days after the massive flood hit Johor.

Thousands of people in low-lying areas in Kluang district were sheltered at relief centres for a few weeks during the flood, the worst in Johor for decades.

The visit had been planned for some time and the councillors returned a few days later after their trip, she said, adding that only one district council organised overseas trip during the flood.

Johor local governments are allowed to organise an overseas trip once in three years for a stay not exceeding five days and four nights. For local visit, the councils are allowed to do it once in two years.

Halimah said the state government allowed the councillors to visit Asean countries and China to widen their knowledge and improve their expertise by learning how their counterparts develop new administrative centres and towns.

"They have to tell us (the state government) on what they have learned. The state government will evaluate whether the knowledge they had tapped will be applied and we will monitor the implementation."

She said the role of the councils became more important after the flood because they were tasked with cleaning up the mess and repairing the infrastructure to enable the people to return to normal life.

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1 comment:

Jed said...

wah makan saja la