The Local Government Act, 1976 (Act 171) outlines the form, organisational structure, functions, powers and responsibilities of the Local Authorities.
Volume 2 of this much- awaited 4-part series publication explains the powers, duties and liabilities of Local Authorities under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171), the Federal Capital Act 1960 (Act 190) (in relation to Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur) and the Perbadanan Putrajaya 1995 (Act 536) (in relation to Perbadanan Putrajaya).
The book presents the complete discourse of the corporate entity and management of Local Authorities; acquisition and disposal of Local Authority assets; revenue of Local Authorities including the assessment and imposition of annual rates; powers and duties of Local Authorities generally including issues such as provision and maintenance of public places and amenities, roads, drains, trees etc; powers of Local Authorities to prosecute for offences and commence action for recovery of monies, amongst others.
This pertinent publication serves as an indispensable resource for the Local Authorities, legal offices of various government departments and proposes to be a valuable reference for legal practitioners on local government laws.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
• Administration Of Local Authorities
• Financial Provisions
• Municipal Duties And Powers Of Local Authorities
• Rating and Valuation
• Miscellaneous Powers Of Local Authorities
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author Kanesh Sundrum is the managing partner of Kanesh Sundrum & Co. and has been in active legal practice since 1997 concentrating on civil litigation involving corporate commercial matters, local authorities and statutory bodies. As legal counsel for numerous Local Authorities, the author routinely advises and represents Local Authorities at all levels of courts and has been doing so for over 20 years now.
The author represents Local Authorities mainly in matters concerning contractual disputes; claims for breach of statutory duties; negligence claims; claims for injunctive and declaratory reliefs by and against Local Authorities; judicial review applications; claims concerning town planning and planning approval under the Town and Country Planning Act 1976; claims concerning approval of plans, earthworks, construction and enforcement under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 and the Uniform Building By-Laws 1984; claims concerning assessment and rates under the Local Government Act 1976 etc.
Most recently the author represented Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai in Weng Lee Granite Quarry Sdn Bhd v. Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai  1 CLJ 34 at the Federal Court in successfully defending the appeal relating to section 70A of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
The author also advises Local Authorities in drafting and preparation of joint venture agreements, concession agreements, construction agreements, sale and purchase agreements involving Local Authority assets, licensing agreements, development agreements etc. The author is also an accredited mediator and a notary public.