Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has rebutted claims that Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Integrated Transport Information System (Itis) has not been working properly.
On the contrary, he said, the system that has reportedly cost RM565 million thus far is being fully utilised.
“How can you say that Itis is not fully utilised? Itis is fully utilised. We give information about the traffic, we control the traffic lights, we control the security surveillance. How can you say it is not working?” he told reporters in Lembah Pantai today.
He was responding to a report published in The Star’s Metro edition yesterday that lists 10 projects in the city that are deemed to be "white elephants".
The report said Itis was launched in 2002 at a cost of RM365 million to gather real-time traffic information to help reduce traffic congestion in the city, but instead became a target for vandals and also became obsolete.
The project was then privatised and improved for RM200 million, but the report asked whether motorists do rely on Itis and its 998 CCTV cameras and 140 variable message boards while driving around the city.
The report also raised issue with DBKL’s RM8 million Automatic Street Toilets that have since broke down, and various pedestrian crossings that are not being used, among others.
PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said the 15-member DBKL advisory board should resign following the revelation, and suggested that 11 of the members of the board should be elected by Kuala Lumpur ratepayers to ensure accountability.
Tengku Adnan said he had discussed the report with his deputy Loga Bala Mohan and Kuala Lumpur mayor Amin Nordin yesterday.
He vowed to provide a point-by-point rebuttal to The Star’s report, which he described as unfair.
“It is not fair. Firstly, it is legacy. It is not (done) during our time, but we are rectifying it. In fact, I discussed with my mayor and my deputy yesterday.
“We will answer you one-by-one. You said this is not working, that is not working. Most of them are in fact working; some actually do have problems,” Tengku Adnan added.- Mkini