Local council polls test run in Penang

Local council polls test run in Penang

PUCHONG: Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin confirmed that Penang will be the first state to hold local council elections after the federal government gives its approval since the state have been steadfast in pushing for the polls.

“Penang brought the case to the Federal Court in 2014 but lost. They tried when they were the Opposition.

“But now, we are the government and we want to implement it. So Penang will be number state on the list,” she told reporters after launching a public forum in Komtar, Penang, yesterday, reported Sunday Star.

“Penang is mature and ready for it. We will need three years to come up with a model and proposal for Cabinet approval,” she said.

“My ministry will propose amendments to the relevant Acts which we hope can be completed and presented to the Cabinet by year-end,” she added.

She said that the polls would be held in stages. Community education and engagement along with workshops on the purpose of the polls would be held in the second stage.

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