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Ministry of Local Government & Housing
Functions | Objectives | Vision | Mission | Organization Structure

The Ministry of Local Government and Housing is responsible for the local authorities in the state as well as the Town and Housing Development Board which deals with public housing.

The local authorities enact and administer their own by-laws for their respective rating areas and generally take care of the planning and orderly development and cleanliness of towns and villages within their jurisdiction. They provide the town's basic amenities and services in their respecting rating areas and charge rates on properties to finance their operation.

The Ministry is also the issuing authority of housing development licenses and keeps an overview of the housing industry in the interest of house buyers.

The Town and Housing Development Board carries out low and medium cost public housing development for the low-income citizens.

The functions of the Ministry include the administration of the following areas:-

1. Local Authorities;
2. Housing;
3. Town and regional planning;
4. Resettlement of Local Squatters;
5. Rural administration, native affairs and native chiefs conference;
6. Financial Controller; Ministry Tender Board. -

The Ministry is also responsible for the administration of the following legislation;-
1. Town and Country Planning Ordinance 1950 (Cap.141);
2. Rural Administration Ordinance 1995 Cap. 132;
3. Interpretation of the Native Ordinance 1952;
4. Native Court Ordinance 1952 ( Cap. 86);
5. Public Entertainment Ordinance 1958 (No. 23);
6. Rent Control (Business Premises ) Enactment 1960;
7. Public Health Ordinance 1960 (No.7) ;
8. Dogs Ordinance 1960 (No. 24); Petroleum Ordinance 1961;
9. Local Government Ordinance 1961;
10. Local Government Ordinance 1961 (No. 11);
11. Housing ( Control and Licensing of Developers) Enactment 1978;
12. and Housing and Town Development Authority Enactment 1981.
The Ministry is also responsible to ensure that the by-laws and regulations made under the provisions of the above ordinances are properly co-ordinated and enforced by Local Authorities. Other functions of the Ministry include the drafting of the by-laws and regulations and their amendments as well as to vet notices of intentions.

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The stated objectives of the Ministry in respect to its various functional activities are as follows:-
1. Local Government and Town and Regional Planning
2. Housing Development
3. Town Development -

Local Government and Town and Regional Planning
1. Create an efficient and effective system of Local Government with the participation of local communities and the provision of basic and essential amenities and services;
2. Undertake socio-economic and commercial project which are beneficial, revenue generating, as well as to improve and uplift the standard of living of ratepayers and the local communities;
3. Direct the Local Authority to diversify its sources of revenue so as to lessen its financial dependencies on State Government grants and subsidies;
4. Ensure that the Local Authority enforces its by-laws;
5. Transform towns and city centres in each LA into a clean, healthy, beautiful and spectacular place; and
6. Create an orderly development and growth of townships and urban areas through proper structured planning, pre-planning studies, town plans and local plans.

Housing Development
1. Raise the standard of living and minimize poverty through house-ownership and in particular to provide habitable, safe and affordable houses to shelter the genuinely needy and low income citizens;
2. Assist Bumiputera in house-ownership through a quota system of 60% reserve at the initial stage and to open to any qualified applicant upon satisfying that there are no more Bumiputera takers;
3. Create employment through housing and town development industry;
4. Promote unity through social and racial integration by way of allocation of houses on 60% to 40% basis to Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera respectively; and
5. Enforce the Housing Enactment (Control and Licensing of Developers) 1978.

Town Development
1. Bring better and more sophisticated urban facilities into rural and semi-rural areas so as to reduce rural-urban migration;
2. Create more urban space for the participation of Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera in business and commerce with a view to restructure society and promote national unity;
3. Assist Bumiputera in acquiring ownership of shop and commercial premises through the initial 30% reserve;
4. This objective could be classified as a function as it is an operational task.
5. It has been proposed in the Draft Report on the Rationalization of State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (IDS Sabah,1988) that the function of Town Development is to be assigned to SEDCO from LPPB to avoid duplication of functions between the two agencies in township development.
6. Generate more job opportunities for the various skilled and semi-skilled labourers such as carpenters, masons, painters, etc.; and
7. Bridge the gap of regional imbalances through the creation of new towns and centre at strategic points.
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"Establishment of Local Authorities as efficient, dynamic, and fully autonomous institutions adapting responsively to contemporary developments and progress."

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"The Ministry is committed to ensure that Local Authorities are governed efficiently under the provisions of the Local Government Ordinance 1961, to enhance the level of efficiency and provision of modern urban services by Local Authorities so as to improve the overall quality of urban living, to ensure smooth and systematic implementation of urban developments in accordance with approved planning schemes as well as to ensure that every citizen of the State is provided with the opportunity of enjoying adequate housing facilities through the provision of more affordable low cost houses by its implementing agency.".
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Organization Structure
The ministry is headed by a Minister who is assisted by the Assistant Minister and the Permanent Secretary. The Permanent Secretary is the Chief Executive of the Ministry, and is assisted by the Senior Assistant Secretary and Heads of Sections/Units. As shown in Organization Chart , the present organization structure of the Ministry is divided into the following:-

Housing Control Unit
Audit Unit
Corporate Services
  * Squatters Relocation & Housing Section
  * Legal Section
  * Training and Administration Section
  * Co-ordination and Development Planning Section
  * Account Section
Technical Services
  * Architectural Section
  * Quantity Surveying Section
  * Valuation Section
  * Cleanliness & Health Section
  * Computer Section
Each of the sections is headed by a Division I Officer. All the heads of divisions report directly to the Permanent Secretary (PS) and also the Senior Assistant Secretary (SAS) on matters under his responsibilities. Currently, there are seventy five staffs in the Ministry.

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All information are compiled by Jesselton Communications Sdn.Bhd. 2000.