PUTRAJAYA, Feb 16 — Funds amounting to RM812.91 million that had been allocated to develop infrastructure in Malaysia’s administrative capital had not been fully utilised, the Auditor-General said in the second series of its 2021 report released today.
The funds included the RM797.18 million to build Putrajaya Monorail as the main mode of transport within the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, another RM2.16 million for the maintenance of a tunnel that was a part of the project, RM12.21 million for the bus depot at Presint 14, and the RM1.36 million allocated for a park-and-ride facility that did not follow the original plan.
The report noted that the Putrajaya development project did not follow the Putrajaya Structure Plan that will expire in 2025.
A-G Datuk Seri Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid told reporters here that four of the six development infrastructure projects have been completed since.
But he added that only three modes of transport are fully utilised, these are: the KLIA Express Link Railway (ERL), bus and the pedestrian route.
He said the delay in the Putrajaya monorail project has affected the overall integrated transportation system, hinting that it could become a white elephant if it does not follow the plans.
“Putrajaya also has a water taxi infrastructure, but it is only used for tourism, not for transport as it was originally planned,” he said at the National Audit Department headquarters here in releasing the latest series of the national audit report.
The Putrajaya development audit was undertaken to assess the developments in the city and use it to prepare the next framework of development after 2025.
Ten ministries and government agencies were audited for this report.
They include the Ministry of Federal Territories, Putrajaya Corporation, Ministry of Transport Malaysia, PLANMalaysia, the Public Works Department of the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, the Department of the Director-General of Land and Mines and the Federal Territories Director of Lands and Mines Putrajaya, Property Management Division , Public Private Partnership Unit and Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd.
The audit report also noted that the party responsible for implementing the assessment of Putrajaya's development outcome is not clearly defined by the government.
It recommends the Federal Territories Ministry and Putrajaya Corporation review the development plan, with the conceptual changes of Putrajaya's development to ensure appropriate infrastructure facilities are taken to build it as originally planned.