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State welcomes FOI requests
Writer: Gan Pei Ling
Published: Fri, 29 Mar 2013

SHAH ALAM:  Selangor on Monday formally appointed 41 information officers under its sunshine law to process public requests for information from state and local authorities.

“The public should look for the information officer to assist you. We want everyone to benefit (from the Freedom of Information (FOI) Enactment),” executive councillor Elizabeth Wong announced at the state secretariat.

She said members of the public can now request for information from all nine district and land offices, 12 local councils, 14 state departments and six state statutory bodies.

“We’re the first state to do this. We’re the guinea pig. Please help us to improve the system, tell us what’s wrong and what’s working well,” said the Bukit Lanjan assemblyperson.

The information officers are compelled to respond to FOI requests within 30 days or seven days for urgent cases.

Illiterates or people with disabilities can submit an oral application instead for information.

Applicants whose request for information is rejected may appeal to the State Information Board, whose six members were announced by Wong on the same day.

The board will be headed by lawyer and former Terengganu police chief Datuk Kamaruddin Mat Desa.

Other members include former Terengganu Anti-Corruption Agency director Nordin Saidin, former police superintendent Thomas Navamoney Solomon, Universiti Malaya law expert Prof Abu Bakar Munir, Malaysian Bar representative Sonya Lieu and lawyer R Kuppusamy. Selangor is the first state to table the historic FOI enactment in July 2010,  passing it in April 2011 after consulting various stakeholders including civil servants and civil society groups.




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