Focus on turning Putrajaya into a Smart City

Aminuddin (left) looking at a model of Putrajaya. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

NEWLY-minted Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim vows to push through all efforts to make the administrative capital a Smart City.

Speaking to reporters on the first day after reporting for duty, the 50-year-old said the focus would not only be on the hardware or physical aspect but also the software, which was the people.

“The major complaints by the people are poor public transportation and lack of public spaces.

“The stakeholders want a vibrant city that is alive with activities. This is a challenge because the people in Putrajaya are a working class community, so most of them will be at work during the weekdays and resting only on weekends.

“We need to find out what is their definition of rest and organise suitable programmes to fulfil that need,” he said.

Aminuddin inspecting the guards of honour comprising PPj enforcement officers before reporting for duty on his first day.
Aminuddin inspecting the guards of honour comprising PPj enforcement officers before reporting for duty on his first day.

Aminuddin replaces the fourth PPj president, Datuk Seri Hasim Ismail, whose contract ended on July 31.

A grand welcoming ceremony took place with him conducting the inspection of guards comprising PPj enforcement officers before clocking in.

He said they would also capitalise on its feature as a planned city and location, which was in the heart of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), to put the city on the map.

“Putrajaya is like a shining diamond and must-visit place for tourists coming to Malaysia.

“I will also meet more stakeholders for ideas on how Putrajaya can be brought to a higher level. I will meet with the former president to learn from his experience.

“There will also be informal engagement sessions with residents to get to know more about their expectations,” he said.

Aminuddin has a bachelor’s degree in Town Planning Studies from Birmingham Polytechnic/University of Central England, master’s degree in Information Technology for Manufacture (Environment) from Warwick University and doctorate in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from York University. He completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School as well.

He is also the Finance Ministry National Strategy Unit director, a post he has held since 2015.

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