THE so-called Rebana Ubi arch project in Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, is nothing more than an advertising gantry, according to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
DBKL public works director Siti Saffur Mansor said only the shape or the silhouette of the arch was designed like a rebana, a traditional Malay drum, popular in the east coast of the peninsula.
“The difference here is the design which is in the shape of a rebana instead of the usually rectangular ones you find on the pedestrian bridges and billboards,” she said.
“We gave Libroff Sdn Bhd the approval to build the advertising gantry last year, based on the merit of an advertiser erecting a billboard. We are not funding its construction. We do not have the means,” Saffur said.
“Some media reports on the arch are not accurate. We deal with many advertisers. Libroff is just one of them,” she said.
“We have given Libroff two days to sort out everything because it started work at the site before getting approval. It should be able to start work next week after complying with our requirements,” Saffur said.
Meanwhile, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said there were already too many structures such as billboards and signboards along the roads and streets in Kuala Lumpur and there was no need for more.
“Too many billboards could cause drivers to be distracted, especially on the busy roads,” he said.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said there was no real need for the arch and the money spent constructing it could be used to provide better car parks and preserving the city’s green lungs.
Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong said the money used to construct the arch should instead be spent on improving the existing public infrastructure.
“It is better to build a sports complex than having more billboards,” he said.