Active local governance needed more than ever
The 10th Malaysia Plan is now announced. Analysts have generally found it wanting in detailed information. More importantly, it marks a break from the past with its greater focus on corridor development. The principle of "balanced growth" is gone. Given this scenario, Penang must rely on democracy as a growth strategy.
EVERY FIVE YEARS the government introduces its five-year development plan, which is in essence a fiscal allocation plan informing the people why and where public monies are to be spent in pursuit of the nation's development goals.
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