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Why you should demand local government elections

Voters casting their ballots enthusiastically at Penang Forum 3's experimental local council poll in 2010

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Local government elections – specifically the need to re-introduce it – has been a hotly debated topic for many years, decades, even.

The lack of local government elections, while seemingly benign, has far-reaching implications for democratic accountability, transparency and clarity in the political system.

And if those words don’t mean anything to you, let’s put it this way – local government elections, or the lack of them, has direct implications on people’s everyday issues like clogged drains, flooding, the walkability of your city, ridiculous development projects that you scream angrily about with your neighbour, and much more.

So, what exactly is a local government election, why don’t we have it and what can we do to get it back? BFM explores this with various activists.

Produced and presented by: Dashran Yohan

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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