When the Kangar Municipal Council tried to terminate the unsatisfactory services of a privatised rubbish collection contractor, it was told that the contractor had a 22-year contract with a federal entity. Francis Loh describes the stinking situation.
The Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham), established by former commissioners of the Human Right Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), has expressed grave concern about the impact of privatisation. Martin Jalleh summarises their views.
We, the undersigned NGOs, support Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’ decision to exercise its right to take over the operations of state water concessionaire Syabas, apparently provided for under clause 32 of the concession agreement.
On 10 December, Human Rights Day, Penang Suaram issued a statement calling for the repeal of oppressive laws, the revival of local elections, an end to privatisation and the decentralisation of decision-making.
The neo-liberal mindset has led to a crisis and has proven to be a failure, observes Eric Toussaint. A new Europe must improve social and fiscal justice, make choices that will raise the standard of living, slash military spending, choose sustainable energies and reject GMOs.
The Barisan Nasional government privatised the water industry in Selangor to four different companies from 1996 onwards to increase efficiency but it has resulted in corruption, wastage and mismanagement, says a flyer distributed by the Selangor government.