Clean and honest administration is now heard in Malaysia again, thanks to Pakatan Rakyat’s conscientious effort to implement accountable and transparent governance. Here’s a sample of what PR has achieved:
Local Councils (MPSP)
- In 2008 Penang’s Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) was nearing financial collapse. It was symptomatic of BN’s mismanagement throughout the country.
- It had suffered eight continuous years of budget deficits (2000-2007), losing a whopping RM 57.1 million in 2005.
- Its cash holdings dropped from RM 372 million (1999) to RM 18 million (2007).
- PR set about to cut wastages and improve revenue collection, achieving a remarkable turnaround for MPSP.
- From 2008 to 2011 it registered continuous budget surpluses. Its cash reserves have climbed to around RM 78 million (2011).
- Through having open tender of awarding timber concessions, PR states have achieved previously unheard amount of timber revenue
- Kedah reaped almost five-fold increase in timber royalties, from around RM 9 million (2007) to RM 79 million (2011)
- In 2008, Perak obtained RM 40 million royalty revenue through open tender of timber resources. By comparison BN took in RM16 million in 2007
- Penang and Selangor have initiated rewards programs to reward whistle-blowers who expose corruption in the states’ administration
- A syariah court chief judge, Dato Yusof Musa, became the first person to receive RM 10000 integrity reward for exposing RM500,000 misappropriation of bail money at the Penang Syariah Court.
- Penang is the first state in Malaysia to be praised by Transparency International for improving its the regulatory environment in government procurement under its competency, accountable and transparent (CAT) governance
- In 2008 the state increased monitoring of and reformed the sand mining activities.
- Selangor state corporation KSSB took over sand mining and sales operations directly and issued mining licenses in open tenders and displayed open information of its mines
- Sand mining revenue for the state increased several fold, from RM 1.4 million (2008) to over RM 16 (2011).
- Under BN, Selangor only earned around RM 4 million per year in royalty from 2005 to 2007
- Selangor and Penang have enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
- Through FOI, the public can access documents under the purview of the state, including exco minutes
- Penang and Selangor are the first states in Malaysia to have all its excos declared their personal assets and income to the public
- Selangor formed the SELCAT, a public hearing committee conducted by the legislative arm to inquire into public wrongdoings, another first for the country.