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Centralised federalism in Malaysia: Urgent need to decentralise

Aliran has made a submission to the Committee for Institutional Reform pointing out the urgent need for greater decentralisation to achieve democracy and good governance. There were pointed out the following areas where decentralisation can start: delivery and treatment of water; garbage collection and sewerage; cleaning of roads, drains, rivers and seas; disaster management including rescue in times of floods, fire prevention, natural disasters, and so on; public land transport (licensing and approving routes of stage buses, regulating school, tourist & factory buses, taxis). ferry and river boat transport; maternity clinics and providing primary health services; social welfare services; and later primary and secondary school too.

Source: Aliran

Privatization of Facility Management of Public Hospitals: A Malaysian Perspective

Hong Poh Fan, a senior adviser on facility management for a hospital developer, has written a book on “Privatization of Facility Management of Public Hospitals: A Malaysian Perspective.” He “focuses on critical issues, including successes and challenges of privatization implementation, hospital experiences in a Southeast Asian context and how those experiences can be applied elsewhere, and ways that private development of hospitals has changed over time as well as the rationale of privatization.”

Source: PRWeb

Cuepacs hailed the government's decision to require employers to pay the levy on their foreign workers

The Congress of Unions of Employees in Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has hailed the government's decision to require employers to pay the levy on their foreign workers, which was effective at the beginning of this year. Cuepacs President, Datuk Azih Muda, said “the number of foreign workers has increased since many industries in the private sector were privatized and this has jeopardized the chances of locals to get jobs. ‘We have seen that since the start of privatization, the number of foreign workers has increased, where before their work could be done by locals. Therefore, I think the levy decision is fair and good so that the foreign workers would not become a liability to the government,’ he said.”

Source: www.malaymail.com