Decentralisation in Malaysia


A roundtable on “Decentralisation in Malaysia” was held in the Penang Legislative Assembly Hall on February 24 to discuss the contentious issue of decentralisation of governance in the country. The speakers at the roundtable were YAM Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin Tuanku Muhriz, founding president of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), Prof Woo Wing Thye, executive director of the Penang Institute and Liew Chin Tong, Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera.

Tunku Zain, the first speaker of the day, said, “You can’t just ‘copy and paste’ the constitution to run or form a state.” Each state is different geographically and demographically, thus decentralisation should be encouraged in order to achieve better services that suit the needs of the people.

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