From Compartmentalization to Collaboration

Town planning is but a first segment in the process of physical development. However, the successful implementation of the plan is a combination of other segments in the development process where even control and enforcement are critical elements to ensure that law and order entails or else anarchy prevails. Effective planning is often carried out by breaking down the planning process into compartmental activities so that the food may be easier to swallow. Planning as well as implementation may often involve inter-organizational meetings where cross-boundary issues need to be iron out and resolved. While the compartmentalize approach makes it more efficient and effective to run a task as compartmentalization nurtures specialization, however, many a times the compartmentalized mindset generates a feeling of self-interest and gives more preference to oneself. Thus, in order to successfully run a task or job, it is vitally important to collaborate the different compartments and make them work in synergy failing which will most probably result in indigestion. In order to make the plan a success, it is important to recognize one’s weakness which is easier said than done and avoid being bias or prejudice, a human trait bent on disharmonizing situations because at times certain compartments need to give more effort than others. This is particularly so where not all compartments are of equal strength which general tends to be the case. Thus, the trick to the successful implementation of a required task is to ensure compartments collaborate and optimize the strength of respective compartments and share with others to relieve the inadequacy of the weaker compartments just as in a closely-knit family, the stronger family member takes care of the disadvantaged family member because united we stand, divided we fall. Collaboration is the key to the successful implementation of a plan although sadly, it is the indifferent attitude of some that represents the stumbling block of progress and the fact of the matter is that it can come from the top as well as the bottom where in a government organisation of top-down directives, the matter becomes more detrimental where this happens at the managerial circle.

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    Abuya said,

    September 9, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    En. Abbas, a very good good article on planning implementation. Bagaimanapun isu ini mempunyai kaitan dengan isu penguatkuasaan sesuatu akta di Malaysia. Kita sedia maklum, Parlimen telah meluluskan pelbagai jenis akta (act) (sehingga kini 730 akta telah diluluskan) dan telah melibatkan lebih daripada 1,400 pindaan sehingga kini. Para pendebat (Ahli Parlimen dan ahli Dewan Negara) telah berbahas panjang lebar untuk memastikan akta yang diluluskan benar-benar boleh diaplikasikan.

    Namun perkara ini tertakluk kepada penerimapakaian akta tersebut oleh kerajaan negeri sama ada untuk menerima atau tidak akta tersebut secara keseluruhan atau sebahagiannya. Hal penguatkuasaan berkaitan perancangan bandar semakin rumit kerana melibatkan tanah, kerana “land is state matter”. Itulah magic word yang selalu digunakan. Kerajaan negeri berkuasa penuh dalam hal tanah dalam menetukan halatuju pembangunan negeri. Jadi apakah pilihan yang ada pada kita?

    Adakah pihak yang berkenaan tidak serius dalam menguatkuasakan sesuatu akta/peraturan/dasar? If not, why?
    People always say: Theory OK, praktical KO !!!!

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