31 May '12, 11am

Latest: USM budget - RM1.2bn; Penang government budget - RM0.7bn

Decentralisation in a super-centralised state Decentralisation – an increasingly loaded term these days – can mean different things to different people. While it technically refers to the dispersal of decision-making authority from the centre to the periphery, its practical manifestations can take on a myriad of forms, with consequences that are just as varied. Malaysia, though in name a federation, has over the years transformed into a highly centralised state with power over matters such as public transport, water services and solid waste management increasingly vested in the hands of bureaucrats sitting in the federal capital. That decentralisation is needed is a given. So how then should the process take place, and how devolved should the structure of governance be? Fortunately, in the Malaysian context, there is little need for reinvention because our federal structur...

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