‘Political fatigue’ making Selangor, Perak reps slower to respond, monitor says

- Malay Mail Online

BY RAM ANAND

 

Picture by Choo Choy May

Ehsan daripada Choo Choy May

 

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 ― The responsiveness of Selangor and Perak state representatives to online complaints declined sharply this year, owing to possible “political fatigue”, My Kuasa said today.

The non-governmental organisation monitoring the effectiveness of lawmakers in the two states since last year noted a decline in scores in their latest month-long study last month compared to a similar study conducted in April 2015.

“This is maybe because it has been three years since the last election, and some political fatigue has set in as the representatives prepare for the next election,” My Kuasa chief executive Praba Ganesan said during a press conference unveiling the latest report.

Selangor's score dropped from 76 per cent last year to only 62 per cent this year.

Perak also saw a drop in its score, from 56 per cent to only 47 perc ent in the latest study.

DAP lawmakers however remained the better performers in both states, Praba said.

“All DAP representatives bar one [in Selangor] managed to respond through electronic communication channels immediately,” Praba said.

In Perak, only three out of DAP’s 18 state representatives failed to respond through any communication channels.

PKR recorded mixed results in both states.

In Selangor, where the party leads the state government, 71 per cent of their representatives were responsive though slow.

Compared to that, three PKR lawmakers in Perak were found to have never given any response since My Kuasa’s first study in 2014.

Praba thanked the Selangor government for having allocated RM2,500 a month to every state representative office to employ a communications officer.

“We urge Perak to do the same,” he said.

 

Release Date: 
Khamis, Jun 16, 2016