Malaysia's constitution has provisions for local governance. Peninsular Malaysia is governed by the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171), while the states of Sabah and Sarawak are governed by the Local Authorities Ordinance 1996 and the Local Government Ordinance 1961, respectively.
This important document, Volume 1 of a 4-part series on Local Government Laws, offers a thorough understanding of the legislative framework of local government in Malaysia. This book explicitly outlines the various legal principles relating to local authorities, including the right to initiate legal actions both for and against them, the availability of injunctive reliefs against them, the applicability of the doctrines of legitimate expectation and estoppel against them, and much more.
Volume 1 also covers local governments' rights, obligations, and responsibilities under the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757), the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333), the Statutory and Local Authorities Superannuation Fund Act 1977 (Act 185), and the Destruction of Disease-Bearing Insects Act 1975 (Act 154), among other laws.
Table of Contents of Kanesh On Local Government Laws (Volume 1)
• Legal Proceedings Against And By Local Authorities
• Limitation Periods In Claims Involving Local Authorities
• Injunctive Relief
• Doctrine Of Legitimate Expectation And Estoppel In Context Of Local Authorities
• Duties And Powers Of Local Authorities Under The Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333)
• Commissioner Of Buildings
• Statutory And Local Authorities Pensions Act 1980 (Act 239)
• Statutory And Local Authorities Superannuation Fund Act 1977 (Act 185)
• Duties And Powers Of Local Authorities Under The Food Act 1983 (Act 281)
• Duties And Powers Of Local Authorities Under The Destruction Of Disease-Bearing Insects Act 1975 (Act 154)
About the Author
Author Kanesh Sundrum has been actively practising law since 1997, focusing on civil litigation involving corporate commercial problems, municipal governments, and statutory agencies. He is the managing partner of Kanesh Sundrum & Co. The author regularly counsels and represents Local Authorities at all levels of courts as legal counsel for several Local Authorities, and has done so for more than 20 years.
The author primarily represents Local Authorities in matters involving contractual disputes, claims for negligence, claims for injunctive and declaratory relief by and against Local Authorities, applications for judicial review, claims regarding town planning and planning approval under the Town and Country Planning Act 1976, and claims regarding approval of plans, earthworks, construction, and enforcement under the Street, Drainage and Buildingin
Most recently, the author successfully defended the appeal pertaining to section 70A of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 on behalf of Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai in Weng Lee Granite Quarry Sdn Bhd v. Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai  1 CLJ 34 before the Federal Court.
Additionally, the author provides guidance to local authorities on the formulation and execution of joint venture agreements, concession agreements, construction agreements, sale and purchase agreements involving assets owned by the local authority, licencing agreements, development agreements, etc. The author is also a notary public and a certified mediator.
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