The Auditor General has made a damning report on the Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) handled by DBKL in its 2011 Report. The failed ITIS with its visual image sign (VMS) has been reduced to displaying “Selamat Hari Raya”, “Selamat Deepavali”, ”Selamat Tahun Baru Cina” and other greetings. The ITIS/ VMS was not meant for displaying festive greetings but to gather, share and make available accurate and up-to-date traffic information to road users to help ease their traffic woes in Klang.
ITIS have been widely and successfully implemented in major cities around the world and have been operating with no major problems. Unlike the ITIS under DBKL which was a failed system that cost DBKL and the Federal Government RM365.74 million!
The failed ITIS should have cost less than RM365.74 million but upon handing over the ITIS in 2005 the generous DBKL saw it fit to award a maintenance contract worth about RM30 million a year. One would have thought that this so-called maintenance contract was totally unnecessary as all products including CCTV, VMS, computer system and etc were under warranty at least for the first year.
The failed ITIS was awarded to a so-called consortium consisting of Intelligence Technology Services Sdn Bhd (company number 203316-K) and two other companies Elelink Sdn Bhd and Anekasaga Resources Sdn Bhd. The family of En Mohd Muazam bin Abdullah Bukhari of Pasir Mas, Kelantan, were involved in both the companies Elelink Sdn Bhd and Anekasaga Sdn Bhd. Perhaps someone in DBKL could provide more information whether DBKL was dealing with officers of these three companies or so-called consortium or other more influential players.
DBKL top ranking officers and those in Jabatan Pengankutan had to be appraised of the actual state of affairs of the failed ITIS. If they do not know, then DBKL top ranking officers should seek help from MACC and other authorities to uncover who were the key players in the failed ITIS. Just thinking aloud, maybe there were TWO very significant key players involved in the failed ITIS. Don’t read too much into this. Yours truly was thinking aloud only!
On 6-11-2012 yours truly brought the matter for the attention of Parliament, in HERE. During the meeting on 30-11-2012 between Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur, Yg Bhg Datuk Ahmad Phesal bin Taib, and the MPs in Wilayah Persekutuan, yours truly did bring up the failed ITIS for discussion and Datuk Bandar KL did address the issues brought up but he has given an assurance that an open tender will be called to appoint new operator for the new ITIS Project and that the said three companies will not be considered in HERE. Syabas! What a comforting reassurance indeed.
Did DBKL learn from the way in which the failed ITIS awarded? Yours truly had to think aloud when dealing with ITIS and the like because no detail information could be found within DBKL bulletins or website.
Rumour has it, yours truly meant RUMOUR, that Jabatan Pengangkutan under the highly qualified hands of IR Dr Leong Siew Mun and his special committee looking into the new ITIS Project. This special committee has shortlisted FOUR companies eligible to be considered by top ranking officers and/or Datuk Bandar KL. If this rumour was true then the shortlisting of the FOUR companies was in accordance with TRANSPARENCY.
But no one outside the inner circle knew the shortlisting for this so-called new ITIS Project costing another RM200 millions (thinking aloud again ok) was for two separate tenders for MAINTENANCE of the ITIS under DBKL Tender No: 2011/A058) and CCTV (under DBKL tender No: 2011/A059) in 2011. The two said tenders must have been evaluated and shortlisted but no decision was made for reason best known to those concerned. Yours truly is thinking aloud again here that no decision was made because the shortlisted companies were not the “RIGHT” companies to be selected! Maybe only ok!
Yours truly is thinking aloud again here that a FRESH tender was called on 3-9-2012 under ONE DBKL Tender No: A/2012/A212. The new tender must have been done in a transparent manner. Strangely enough the said Tender Number was for combined scope of work for ITIS/VMS and CCTV. Please don’t read too much into this. It was just a matter of liking. Clever people always have clever ideas in tendering out project especially with high value like this new ITIS Project cost of about RM200 million!
Rumour has it again that the thoroughly considered ITIS Project costing another whooping RM200 million to DBKL has been awarded to a well-known company under the usual PRACTICE in DBKL. Rumour has it that this well-known company has well known person behind it and he is a “well-known” expert in IT IS!
Rumour has it that this well-known company with well-known person behind it was not one of the FOUR companies that have been shortlisted by the special committee under IR Dr Leong.
Surely we cannot rely on rummours. It is opportune moment for Ir Dr Leong Siew Mum or Datuk Bandar KL to publicly confirm the name of the company that has GLOBAL reputation has been awarded the said ITIS Project and whether this company with GLOBAL reputation was part of the FOUR companies shortlisted by the Special Committee under IR Dr Leong.
Hopefully DBKL could clarify the above rummours in the course of the next few days.