Putrajaya Corp in a fix over mobile kiosks

Putrajaya Corp in a fix over mobile kiosks
WASTED: Some of the 30 mobile kiosks that were bought for the 2013 Ramadan festival, of which only four were used again the following year.

Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) spent RM481,700 (S$180,000) to buy 30 mobile kiosks for use during its 2013 Ramadan festival, but reused only four the next year.

The reason? None of its staff knew how to reassemble the structures.

This forced the corporation to spend about RM345,700 to rent 76 mobile kiosks for use in last year's Ramadan festival, the Auditor-General's 2014 report found.

"Only four of the 30 kiosks could be reused because there were no PPj officers who were skilled in reassembling them," the report said.

The report also noted that after being used for the 2013 festival, PPj had to spend another RM36,600 to disassemble and store the mobile kiosks at a depot in Precinct 20, reported The Star.

It then paid RM99,640 to three contractors to install 12 of the kiosks.

PPj said the kiosks could not be reused due to design weaknesses which required a big sum to rectify.

At the same time, the 2014 Ramadan festival saw an increased demand for kiosks, from 30 to 76.

"Therefore, PPj decided to rent kiosks for last year's festival," the corporation said, adding that its existing kiosks would be renovated and redeployed to various locations.

Separately, the audit report discovered that payments to purchase furniture for the proposed redevelopment of the Battalion Camp 5 General Operations Forces in Simpang Renggam, Johor, had involved forged documents.

The report found that full payments amounting to RM760,150 were made in 2013, although the furniture bought was not yet supplied.

It added that the payments were supported by forged documents.

This article was first published on Apr 8, 2015.
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