A union in Britain claims that British city councils are sitting on billions of pounds, if that is true it shows how efficient these councils are. Not too far back, many Malaysian city councils are said to be on the verge of bankruptcy and that they are owing billions of ringgits to the Federal government. The Malaysian city councils are doing basically the same jobs as their British counterparts, aren’t they? They collect revenues from the population and in turn provide public facilities and services, why, then, can the British councils be in the black and our councils are in the red. Is it that the Malaysian city councillors and administrators have been so influenced by the Chinese that they have to keep everything in red.
Our Malaysian councillors should focus on learning how to run a sound financial administration when they are on their ‘annual foreign study tours’. Visiting the pig-rearing farms and learning on beautification projects may be more fun and exciting but if you have no money in the till, you cannot do much on what you may have picked up, can you? Keeping on borrowing from the Federal government is not the answer!