‘Funds available to beautify buildings’

MONEY allocated for the beautification of government buildings in Kuala Lumpur has not been fully utilised as many are not aware of such an allocation, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique. 

He said government agencies should send in their applications to upgrade their premises such as giving buildings a new coat of paint or carrying out repairs where needed. 

Such efforts, he added, would enhance the maintenance and that would save cost in the long run. 

Zulhasnan firing a shot to flag off the carnival’s Friendship Run.

Zulhasnan was speaking to reporters after opening the Sports and Health Carnival organised by the Hulu Kelang Police Residential Association on Sunday. 

“The allocation was announced two years ago but many are not aware of it,” he said. 

However, when asked the amount allocated, Zulhasnan said his ministry was only tasked to collect the applications that were then forwarded to the Prime Minister's Depart-ment, where they would be decided on. 

“This will be followed by an open tender for Class F contractors to carry out the job. It is a way of providing jobs for these contractors,” he added.  

He said the Hulu Kelang Police Residential Association should also apply for upgrading work as the police quarters were built 35 years ago. 

“Since there are many blocks that need to be painted, the painting could be done in stages,” he said, adding that buildings such as Kuala Lumpur Pulapol as well as some schools and mosques in Setia-wangsa had been repainted using the allocation. 

The Sports and Health Carnival was held to foster stronger bonds between police officers from the Hulu Kelang quarters and the public. Some of the activities organised included a Friendship Run, blood donation campaign, health screening and a children’s colouring contest.  

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