More Women in Local Government Makes it More Relevant to More Voters

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Penang’s local councils saw an increase in women councillors this year, signalling interesting times ahead.

The “lowest” form of government, the third tier of governance, the ones who examine drains and tend to trees – such is the perception of the role of local councillors. They stay in the background, unlike their more visible state assemblypersons and federal MP counterparts who headline the news.

Unless something like a storm or a flood wreaks havoc.

For Syerleena Abdul Rashid, a third-term councillor at the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), local councillors have to manage an intense work schedule, being directly responsive to complaints and requests for assistance from the community on a round the-clock basis.


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