The Penang State Government expresses regret that the two local councils have been embroiled in a controversy that involved receiving awards and recognitions from a dubious international organisation, as reported in the local media today.

The local councils are reminded to focus on delivering the services and the people’s satisfaction would be the best form of recognition.

Undeniably, both the MBPP and MPSP have performed well to have received various types of awards and recognitions from the various Federal ministries, departments and institutions, professional bodies and accreditation agencies. We applaud them for their achievements including the 5-star rating for local authorities bestowed by the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

We hope that the leadership at the local councils would learn a lesson from this unfortunate episode and would be more discerning and careful when nominated for such awards.

CHOW KON YEOW