Need to enlighten people on multi-level jurisdiction of govt, says Tee Keat
Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat Tuesday night spoke of the need to enlighten the public on the multi-level jurisdiction of government from the federal level to the local council to empower them to exercise their civil rights to solve their daily problems.
A lack of understanding of the functions and jurisdiction of the type of government and its agencies was a deterrent to the people’s bid in exercising their rights as citizens, he told reporters at the 40th anniversary dinner of the Klang Commercial Athletic Club, here.
One example was the issue of traffic congestion, where the people usually blamed the Ministry of Transport for the problems but mostly it would be under the jurisdiction of the local municipality, he said.
Besides, he said, people always thought that potholes on the road were under the jurisdiction of the ministry but actually it should be under the local government authority (for council roads) and the state government or the Ministry of Works (for trunk roads).
Ong said what made matters worse was that even state assemblymen or members of parliament could not also differentiate the multi-level jurisdiction of government and its agencies at the federal, state or local government.
For example, the issue of public transportation alone was handled by 13 federal government agencies and one clear-cut example of public transportation handled by the Ministry of Transport was the railway operated by KTM Bhd, he said.
Ong said non-governmental organisations should play their role in enhancing public awareness on the role of the government from the federal level to the local councils so that the people would know which department or agency they should go to lodge complaints and not just simply shoot in the dark without having the right aim at the right target.
- Bernama -