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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Ministry rectifying 'white elephant' projects it claims are still functioning

Children from PPR Kerinchi with the new school bags that they received after the launch of DBKLs free school bus service near their home.

Children from PPR Kerinchi with the new school bags that they received after the launch of DBKLs free school bus service near their home.

FEDERAL Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor will provide a detailed explanation about the 10 “white elephant” projects in Kuala Lumpur, which was reported by StarMetro on its front page on Monday.

He said the allegations were unfair and cited the Integrated Transport Information System (Itis), which was on the list, as one of their successful projects.

“Firstly, it is legacy. The projects were not during our time and there are some problems but we are trying to rectify them. I have discussed with my deputy and the Kuala Lumpur mayor and we will give an update on each project.

“The report claimed many projects were not in order when most are still functioning. For example, Itis is fully utilised. Itis gives information about traffic and also functions as security surveillance,” he said, after the official launch of the free school bus service for pupils living in people’s housing schemes (PPR) and public housing units (PPA).

Also present at the event were his deputy Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan, Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikhsan, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz and Lembah Pantai Umno chief Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

At the launch, Tengku Adnan and the other VIPs had a feel of the free bus ride enjoyed by some 8,000 pupils from the 74 PPR and PPA flats since the start of the school term on Jan 3.

Tengku Adnan said the initiative would cost DBKL RM12mil a year.

StarMetro listed 10 projects in the city over the last three decades that have either been a failure or underutilised. The projects cost over RM700mil in taxpayers money.

The most expensive project in that list was Itis, launched in 2002 which costs a whopping RM565mil to date.

Itis is primarily a traffic surveillance system. Its system component is integrated with 140 Variable Message Sign (VMS) and 998 CCTV cameras.

Although Itis is in working condition 16 years on, the argument remained as to the necessity of spending millions on such system at a time when there were traffic and navigation applications for smart phones for free.

The other projects are Pasar Besar Cheras, Ain Arabia, Automatic Street Toilets, Ikan Ayu Bridge, Taman Dusun Bandar, pedestrian bridges in Brickfields, Tun Sambanthan Complex, a flood warning system and Kompleks TLK.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region , itis , white elephants , brickfields

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