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Selangor: We do not recognise Housing Ministry's PeKT appointments

PETALING JAYA (Dec 17): The state government here has announced that it does not recognise the appointment of Penggerak Komuniti Tempatan (PeKT) or community activists, The Star reported yesterday.

Selangor local government, public transportation and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han (pictured) explained that this is because “their roles are not clearly defined under any legal acts”.

“The roles of PeKT are seen as similar to local councillors (of municipal and city councils) who are appointed by the state government, as stated under Section 10 of the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171), ” Ng said in a statement yesterday.

“The section states that a local councillor represents the interests of the communities under the local authorities,” he added.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin announced back in September that 550 PeKT community activists would be appointed in Penang, Negri Sembilan and Selangor.

Ng also revealed that the state government was told “that the names of some local authorities in Selangor have been used in the official letterheads of PeKT”.

“If this is true, this is improper as PeKT has nothing to do with the Selangor government,” Ng told the daily.

“Any use of the name of municipal or city councils in Selangor by a PeKT in any form is therefore unauthorised and invalid,” he added.

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