At long last, on 21-8-2013 Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur, Yg Bhg Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib, has confirmed that DBKL has appointed GTC Global Sdn Bhd to look into the installation and maintenance of 1,200 closed circuit television. Datuk Ahamd Phesal has also confirm the contract is worth RM200 million, HERE.
0n 25-1-2013 yours truly has called upon DBKL to confirm the appointment of that Global-ly known company that has been awarded with the CCTV contract by DBKL. Please read: “Datuk Bandar KL: Which GLOBAL-ly known company has been awarded with the new ITIS Project?”
On 22-2-2013 yours truly again prompted Datuk Bandar KL that GTC Global Sdn Bhd has been awarded with the RM200 million CCTV contract but DBKL still keep silence. A good 6 months later, Yg Bhg Datuk Ahmad Phesal has suddenly broke his silence and confirmed the appointment of GTC Global Sdn Bhd for the said CCTV Project.
Datuk Phesal also said that the CCTVs operation centre at City Hall would be transferred to the Integrated Tansport Information System (ITIS), which in 2005 cost DBKL RM365.74 million. In the Auditor-General Report 2011, the DBKL ITIS Project was highlighted as a failed project with 60% of CCTV not in operation in, HERE.
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 which was operated by DBKL was only festive greetings like displaying “Selamat Hari Raya”, “Selamat Deepavali” and ”Selamat Tahun Baru Cina”. DBKL paid RM365.74 million for it. In other countries ITIS/Visual Message System (VMS) cost much less than what DBKL paid for in 2005. Yet, it was able to gather, share and make available accurate and up-to-date traffic information to road users to help ease the traffic in the city.
No one is certain whether there was an open tender before the award was handed on the silver plater to GTC Global Sdn Bhd. GTC Global Sdn Bhd’s core business is to “install, test, commission and maintain integrated security surveillance systems and broadband solutions”, in HERE.
GTC Global’s key office bearers:
Chairman: Dato’ Hj Ishak bin Hj Mohamad aka Pak Sako. He retired as the Director of Enforcement Immigration of Malaysia.
Chief Executive Officer: En Amiruddin bin Mohamad
Director: Dato’ Mohamad Salim bin Mohd Iran
It is unclear whether RM200 million is for just 1,200 CCTV cameras or the whole ITIS? It will be meaningless if the project is for 1,200 CCTV cameras only. Datuk Ahmad Phesal has said that “the CCTV operation centre at City Hall would be transferred to the Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) to enable it to monitor all traffic activities and crime prone areas.”
What does a company dealing with Integrated CCTV System know about ITIS?
Assuming for a moment that a CCTV camera cost RM500 each, the total cost is RM600,000.00 only. Lets us be a bit more generous and put it at RM1 million for the total cost of CCTV camera. The remaining RM199 million is left for surveillance system and ITIS, if it is inclusive in the contract. Datuk Bandar KL, wouldn’t you think that RM200 million is far too high? Surely, the existing infra-structure of the existing CCTV system and ITIS could still be used. By the way, the CCTV and ITIS will now cost DBKL a total of RM565.74 million (RM365.74 plus RM200 million)!
There are at least two companies in Malaysia that manufactures VMS. They are Viscon Systems Sdn Bhd and IntraMAS, which has both products or systems that DBKL needs i.e. ITIS and CCTV Surveillance System and yet DBKL preferred GTC Global Sdn Bhd.