What the Selangor State Secretary issue teaches us

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The struggle between the Barisan Nasional’s federal government and the state governments not run by its component parties tends to overshadow the fact that the goal of government at any level is to provide good public service. This is most obvious at the state level, where the virtues of federalism are most easily appreciated.

THIS COLUMN IS entitled “States of reform” as a play on the phrase; on one hand, the articles are meant to depict the efforts of the Pakatan Rakyat state governments in their attempts to reform policy matters on a range of fronts. On the other hand, the current unfolding of circumstances since March 8, 2008 has led both sides – Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat – to spew populist slogans on the theme of transformation and reform, reflecting the fact that Malaysia is truly in a state of reform.

So far, I have focused on numerous specific policy issues such as solid waste management, the environment and water supply services, amongst others.


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