I am not sure which kind of local authority KK Lee is referring too. If local councils, then that would be tremendously challenging or even outright impossible! Even these councils barely manage to keep our streets satisfactorily clean. As someone who liaise with local councils from time to time, my understanding is that their general scope of work is just to keep their towns and districts clean (collect rubbish, etc.) and maintain basic public amenities like community halls and sports facilities. They generally have no in-depth knowledge about long term land use and economic planning (even one technician I talked to does not apply GIS in their work, despite GIS being very essential mapping skills for decision-making nowadays across many fields of work) . The most they could get is beautifying towns and appeal for budgets from state or even federal agencies. In short, our local authorities are just not capable of managing complicated and highly regulated facilities like airfields.
Sabah and Sarawak get their 20% oil royalties from Federal lor...
It doesn't take a lot of resources to operate a rural airport. Federal gomen could give grant to local authority.
Believe if glc or plc e.g mas, mahb needs to bare "national duty", the management would operate like a gomen department, and expect gomen bail out for poor results.
Historically, federal government concentrate power and resources for political control. Believe it is about time to delegate more power and resources to locals.
Edited by KK Lee, 05 February 2019 - 11:37 AM.