KUALA TERENGGANU: The Kuala Terengganu City Council (MBKT) has privatised paid parking areas, specifically on road shoulders in the city starting from July 1.
State local authority, housing, health and environment committee chairman Dr Alias Razak said the move was necessary as MBKT had incurred losses since 2016 due to old and damaged manual meters.
“MBKT has been using them since 20 years ago.
“The financial analysis from 2016 until 2019 found that the expenses incurred was more than the revenue collected.
“In 2016, the nett loss for MBKT was RM170,000; in 2017 (RM484,000), 2018 (RM850,000) and in 2019, it was RM918,000.
“So initiatives such as online, Touch ‘n Go and MyKad payments as well as specific applications were needed. But these involved high costs and as the council did not have the skills, we chose to privatise it, ” he said.
Alias said this in reply to an oral question from Datuk Seri Ahmad Said (BN-Kijal) who wanted to know if it was true that MBKT will privatise paid parking areas in Kuala Terengganu.
He added that Vista Summerose Sdn Bhd, appointed to manage these parking areas, was also operating parking areas for Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Kota Baru Municipal Council.
“This privatisation will provide fixed returns to MBKT, amounting to RM975,000 a year which will be paid by the company that will also bear the cost of repairing all damaged meters without charging MBKT, ” he said.
In a separate development, since January this year, Terengganu has provided RM76,700 to 87 farmers who were affected by natural disasters through the Agriculture Disaster Fund.
State agriculture, agro-based industry and rural development committee chairman Dr Azman Ibrahim said this included those affected by floods, drought, huge waves, landslides, sea tragedies, attacks by elephants, pigs and monkeys, as well as plant or animal diseases.
“Financial aid is credited directly into the recipient’s account without delay, ” he said. – Bernama
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