Malacca planetarium fails to 'inspire'

Malacca planetarium fails to 'inspire'

MALACCA - The Malacca Planetarium Hub at MITC, Ayer Keroh here has failed to achieve its objective of being a prestigious space science learning hub in South-East Asia since its inception in 2009, highlighted the Auditor-General's 2012 report.

The report pointed out that the planetarium, run by a wholly-owned company under Chief Minister Incorporated, was opened to the public in August 2009, with the objective of providing inspiration, encouragement and education in the field of space science and astronomy to the young.

The planetarium registered an income loss of RM674,368 (S$263 170) in 2009, RM655,557 in 2010 and RM369,493 in 2011.

The report also mentioned that the planetarium's management had also not adhered to the standard operating procedure to achieve the targeted visitors and the ticket collection target of RM5,000 per day was not achieved.

On another matter, the A-G's report said a police report was not lodged when a telescope worth RM1,400 went missing from the planetarium in 2010.

It also outlined that two of the 10 CCTVs had malfunctioned since May 2012 while five exhibits have not been listed as part of the planetarium's assets.

The management also failed to table a budget for maintenance purpose between 2009 and 2011 to the board of directors.

In an immediate response chief minister Datuk Idris Haron said he would restructure the management of the planetarium as soon as possible.

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