MBPJ gets transparent with spending

A poorly constructed drain hole, such as the one above, is an example of projects for which MBPJ will withhold payment until the contractor fixes the problem.

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will release its audited budget for 2015 and 2016 for public viewing.

Mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said the budgets would be uploaded on the council’s website.

“It is audited and I think it should be made public,” he said when commenting on a StarMetro report of a few groups calling for the audit.

MyPJ, a coalition comprising about 30 residents groups, non-governmental organisations and ex-councillors questioned why the council had not revealed the reports by the Auditor-General.

They also asked the reason for the over RM500mil budget surplus of the council’s coffers.

A small hole in a recently resurfaced road is unacceptable for residents and even the city council. — filepic
A small hole in a recently resurfaced road is unacceptable for residents and even the city council. — filepic

The mayor said the council would not pay for uncompleted and unsatisfactory projects and these would not reflect in the budget spending.

“As of Aug 31 this year the council spent 47% of this year’s budget according to the council treasury record. Now the treasury would only have a record of projects that were completed and paid.

“However I believe some 70% of the planned projects for this year have taken place but not all project contractors have been paid.

“This is because our engineering team will have to check if it was done properly before we issue the payment; and if there are problems, the contractor has to fix the problem first before payment is issued.

StarMetro‘s report on Sept 22.

“However, there are projects which suffer from delay in completion due to under performance.

“We only pay when these projects are completed and upon inspection by the council. This payment can sometimes drag to the following year,” he said.

It was earlier reported that MyPJ urged the MBPJ to spend the over half-a-billion ringgit in its coffers from unspent budget allocations on projects that would benefit stakeholders.

MyPJ, said the money should be used to improve cleanliness and upgrade facilities such as food courts and wet markets.

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