I think that the appointment of local councillors is a very important part of the new state governmentsâ€™ programme. By doing it effectively â€“ appointing local people who are active in the community and ready to work transparently and engaging with the residents of the area â€“ local democratic practices can be built, strengthening inter-ethnic ties and improving peopleâ€™s quality of life.
So far, Iâ€™m not super-impressed to be honest, though Iâ€™m not following it very closely. MP Tony Pua
says something about it.
Anyway, itâ€™s funny to see â€œFormer Subang Jaya assemblyperson Lee Hwa Bengâ€ (I assume MCA) trying to criticise the PR Selangor government, but at the same time shooting himself in the foot:
â€œThey are like us - putting our cronies and supporters into local councils. They are doing the same thing which they have criticised us for beforeâ€ (Khir: Some councillors 'not locals' [needs subscription], my emphasis)
Well. At least heâ€™s admitting it I suppose
OK, I was going to try to do a list of Selangor government politiciansâ€™ blogs, but itâ€™s not as straightforward as I thought, and Iâ€™m not feeling well today (slight fever and coldâ€¦).
SoPo Sentral has a list of Political Parties & Politicians
- but it could do with being updated and expanded.
And here a few more:
: she hasnâ€™t updated her profile and I canâ€™t remember exactly what she is, I think both assemblyperson and MP for PKR.
Tan Seng Giaw
: DAP MP for Kepong
: Jeff Ooi - DAP MP in Penang
I must say, it seems that politician-bloggers such as Jeff Ooi and Elizabeth Wong have been doing a lot less blogging since they got elected. It doesnâ€™t surprise me, as Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™re very busy â€“ and there may also be some concern about having a common voice for their party, but all the same, a blog is a very good way of keeping interested constituents up to dateâ€¦
A correction to the above: Jeff Ooi has been keeping his blog up to date, but I am surprised to see that Eli Wong, and Tian Chua
have not updated their profiles to say they are now MPs.