Indispensable for relaunching the foundations of local communities

THE statement to the media by urban planning expert Shuhana Shamsuddin that apart from the wrath of Mother Nature, which was one of the reasons for the recent flash floods in Kuala Lumpur, the city’s design failed to match. protect from drowning.

This declaration demands serious reflection on the part of Malaysians on the foundations of our local government operations across the country in terms of governance vision, philosophy, administrative competence and accountability.

The town planning advocate said it was time for the government to start taking concerted efforts to prevent city centers from future flash floods seriously, rather than allowing the current haphazard development that does not take into account the disaster.

“What is happening now is that there is no coordination between developers, architects and local councils when it comes to the development of the country.

“If you look at how town planning is done now, they all work in silos – there is no communication between those few neighborhoods – so they end up endangering their environment without knowing it,” Shuhana told one. daily in an interview.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh also said low-income people in Kuala Lumpur are at risk when a housing development project sits on land originally designated as retention ponds.

The statement by the urban planning expert and deputy for Segambut not only reveals the administrative and ecological aspects of the floods, it also reveals the current underlying weakness in the governance of local governments where it serves a materialist ideology, instead of building environmentally sustainable and humanly compassionate cities.

What is evident is that the main fundamental aspects of governance in local government need to be revived, made accountable and mandated by local elections.

Holding local government elections would force local government politicians to compete and formulate a better vision for cities with proper designs and structure of implementation and accountability that are clearly lacking in current local government. .

Therefore, the Association for Community and Dialogue urges political parties opposed to local elections to come to their senses and revive the local foundations of governance.

Unless there is an enlightened philosophy of governance in addition to administrative and structural reforms, we would end up becoming the laughing stock of the world where we cannot even master the basics of governance in our cities.

Ronald benjamin


Association for Community and Dialogue