Decentralisation offers solutions – and snags

By Julia Tan, Photography Kwong Wah Yit Poh, Phalinn Ooi, Lee Hock Chuan, sung ming whang

November 2014 FEATURE
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Can decentralising the management of public goods, i.e. education, policing and healthcare, enable Malaysia to move towards a healthier, more harmonious society?De·cen·tral·i·sa·tion: the dispersion or distribution of functions and powers; specifically: the delegation of power from a central authority to regional and local authorities1.With the term “decentralisation” broadly defined, we can start looking at what the decentralising of public goods – i.e. education, policing and healthcare – can mean for Malaysia. This was an issue that was thoroughly explored during...

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Julia Tan

Julia "Bubba" Tan is editor of Penang Monthly and Head of Penang Institute's Publishing Unit. Some of her earliest memories are of her running rampant in her grandfather's garden.

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Photography Kwong Wah Yit Poh

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Phalinn Ooi

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Lee Hock Chuan

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