Shah Alam botanical garden 'poorly managed'

Shah Alam botanical garden 'poorly managed'
Rundown: This structure, near the entrance of the park has missing roof tiles.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Shah Alam National Botanical Garden (TBNSA) is poorly managed, with three of four projects under its first phase classified as "ill".

The 2012 Auditor's General Report revealed that the RM17.86 million (S$7 million) fund for the first phase of the garden, which was supposed to be ready within 18 months since the project took off in 2010, was insufficient.

This forced the management and contractors who secured the project to move the location and settled for lesser development scope.

The project was supposed to include a centre for visitors and database, a 1Malaysia garden and a ticketing bridge.

As of December last year, only the substation was completed while the 1Malaysia garden was only 71.3 per cent ready.

The visitors' and database centre, which was supposed to be ready in April 2011, was only 65.2 per cent completed while the ticketing bridge and other facilities were only at 61 per cent complete.

All projects under the first phase were delayed and the contractors had applied for extension three times but were only granted twice.

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