JOHOR BARU: More than 90% of the pending work orders to repair the faulty facilities at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) have been completed, says Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.
The Johor Mentri Besar said during the Covid-19 pandemic, there were about 1,200 pending work orders at BSI where most of the escalators and lifts were not in service.
“Back then, the jurisdiction of the building fell under the Public Works Department (PWD) in Putrajaya. What does the person-in-charge in Putrajaya know about what is happening on the ground?
“Thankfully with the combination of efforts, the authority was eventually given to the state PWD director.
“I am pleased to report to everyone that the pending work orders have since been reduced from the previous 1,200 to about 100.
“We can easily play the blame game but that will do the rakyat no good.
“Instead, we all come together from various levels to achieve our goal,” he said before witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the Greater Johor Baru agenda at the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) on Tuesday (Jan 31).
The MoU was signed by MBJB together with the Iskandar Puteri City Council, Pasir Gudang City Council and the Kulai Municipal Council with the Johor Professionals Association that comprises nine associations related to real estate, engineering and construction.
With regards to the Greater Johor Baru agenda, Onn Hafiz expressed confidence that it could be achieved with the cooperation from all parties, including the public.
“Johor will always be compared to another city - not Kuala Lumpur but Singapore and I believe by taking small steps and having a timeline, we can achieve it,” he added.