19 January 2008

People to know their local councils under star rating

The Star

PETALING JAYA: Ratepayers will soon know how good their local councils are when the star rating system is implemented in the next three months.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the country’s top 38 local authorities will be the first to be rated by a special team.

The councils to be rated first are those that have achieved city or municipal status. The other local authorities will be rated later.

Ong said the evaluation team would consist of officials from his ministry and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit.

The star rating was introduced as a means to measure the performance and efficiency of local authorities, particularly their delivery system.

“Local authorities with three- to five-star rating will be re-evaluated every two years while those with one or two stars will be evaluated every year and be given necessary guidance,” he said at the launching of the book Counselling Local Councils here yesterday.

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