Bumiputera Malaysia

Bumiputera Malaysia

By a Malaysian for his country

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Family Council in Malaysia's only developed state

Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Md Deros is one of the Majlis Perbandaran Klang (Klang Municipal Council) MPK's councillors. He did not need to submit any plan for approval when he built his palace residence. Now, Zakaria's son Mr. Zainuri and daughter-in-law Roselinda Abdul Jamil are being appointed councillors in MPK.

Klang residents viewed this as "building fiefdoms" within the council, with Federation of Klang District Residents Association vice-president Loo Hock Chai said, "we cannot tolerate this kind of appointments". Klang's famous Little India businessmen representative N.P. Raman said, "3 members from a family can overrule the council president in a sub-committee meeting that normally has 5 members".

Despite the people's objections, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo has said that there is nothing wrong in appointing three members of a family as municipal councillors. "It is by virtue of their party positions, it is fine as long as they do not abuse their positions", he said.

This can only happen in Prime Minister Abdullah's half-past six administration.