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Public-Private Partnerships Fad Fails

Prominent Malaysian economist and former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Jomo Kwame Sundaram, says the ‘public-private partnerships’ fad is fading. “After the failure and abuses of privatization became apparent, public-private partnerships have since been promoted ostensibly to mobilize private finance for the public purpose. In all too many cases, PPPs have socialized costs and losses while ensuring private financial gains.”

Source: www.ipsnews.net

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