Why so secretive, civil society asks Selangor, Penang

Gan Pei Ling

Selangor under the administration of Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has denied a transparency watchdog’s request for information on the expenditure of executive councillors since the enactment of the freedom of information law in 2011. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 31, 2017.

THE Selangor and Penang administrations have come under fire for their lacklustre implementation of the freedom of information (FOI) law, with civil society groups saying that citizens’ access to state information remains largely unchanged since its introduction.

The sunshine law was enacted in 2011 to promote greater transparency and accountability, by allowing the public access to state information. 

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