Both the Selangor and Penang PR state governments have commissioned studies on the revival of local governments, resulting in very different reports.
The Penang report holds that the power is in the hand of the federal government and the state can do nothing.
The Selangor report, commissioned to the Coalition of Good Governance (CGG) and submitted in July, listed three solutions to reintroduce local elections, two of which do not require federal consent.
While the report has been made public soon after its submission to the state government, it was widely reported in the media and few have read it. Feel free to share this pdf copy with your friend. LCE paper_final_23Dec2009