At the recent meeting of the 15 local authorities in Perak chaired by Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon at the State Secretariat Building, Mah reported that at midyear, Perak’s aggregate income is RM222.16 million. Expenditure at midyear stands at RM175.72 million. Compared to the same period last year, this year registered an income surplus of 8.75 percent.
One major issue brought up at the meeting was regarding stray animals on roads. Some local authorities had been active in advising and issuing compounds where needed. Mah asked the public to work closely with local authorities to keep their livestock safe. Local authorities are only authorised to shoot animals with tranquillisers not live bullets. As the tranquillisers are supplied by veterinarians, a discount is given thus making them affordable. Previously, a single dose for dogs and cats was priced at RM200. It now costs RM12 a dose.
The issue of illegal gambling sites, especially usage of slot machines, was also brought up. It was recommended that licences of premises where illegal gambling takes place be cancelled. This is one effective way to resolve the problem. The Police and local authorities will work together to stop the menace from spreading.
Mah encouraged the public to get to know their councillors through the respective local authority website. Councillors’ phone numbers and emails are provided for general viewing. Local authorities’ websites can be accessed at http://www2.epbt.gov.my/portal.