PASIR GUDANG: The Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) has suffered RM250,000 in damages due to cable theft activities at the city's moon kite sculpture located between the Pasir Gudang Highway and Jalan Besar intersection (near the KPJ Pasir Gudang Specialist Hospital), here.
Pasir Gudang mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman said that the council was forced to place a security guard just to watch over the landscape to prevent the activities from recurring.
"This is the fifth time that we repaired the electrical wiring of the sculpture, and it cost us RM50,000 for each repair work.
"The first time that the cables were stolen was two years ago, one day before the handing over ceremony.
"It was stolen again a week after it was handed over to us, and the latest incident was in December last year.
"It would take less than a week for the cables to be stolen again after each repair. We even placed a security guard just to watch over that sculpture.
"People complain that the sculpture is dark during the night, but when we took the effort to improve the image of the city, there were irresponsible parties that damaged this public property," he said, adding that MBPG invested RM200,000 to build the sculpture.
He said this when met after chairing the MBPG full council meeting at Menara Aqabah, here, on Monday (March 20).
Asman Shah also shared that there were also irresponsible people who have intentionally clogged the Extreme Park skateboarding area, and turned it into a "swimming pool" during the recent rainy season.
"What if something bad happens?
"That is why we have started to place fences in our public parks so that we can reduce the cost of maintenance due to vandalism," he added.