Project of Creating Iconic Places and Attractions [Mewujudkan Tempat Tarikan Ikonik (MTTI)] by Kuala Lumpur City Hall [Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL)] is an Entry Point Project (EPP) 7 under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley (GKL/KV). It is one of the 12 NKEA under the Economic Transformation Programme to spur economic growth and development by year 2020. Through the NKEA Program GKL/KV under EPP7 – Creating Iconic Places and Attractions which is in line with the Kuala Lumpur Structural Plan 2020, the Kuala Lumpur City will be a global city and heritage centre by transforms the existing attractions and creates worldclass iconic attractions to generate higher economic activity and increase revenue from the tourism sector. Physical Planning Division [Bahagian Perancangan Fizikal (BPF)], City Planning Department, DBKL is responsible as the Secretariat for planning and monitoring MTTI projects. While the Director of Project Implementation and Building Maintenance Department has been appointed as Superintending Officer.
Audit performed between August to November 2015 revealed that generally the projects were carried out in accordance with the targeted objectives which is to attract domestic and foreign tourists. However, there were several weaknesses identified as follow:
i. four projects were late in progress and had been completed only after granted approval of 1 to 4 extension of time (EOT) between 110 to 482 days. The EOT was due to the location constraints, transfer of utility facilities, on-site flood issues, weather issues, as well as the frequency changes of design and Variation Order [Arahan Perubahan Kerja (APK)];
ii. appointment of incompetent contractors. I-Nai Venture Sdn. Bhd was appointed as the contractor for HT1, MP & DM Projects despite the company was in the winding up status. Moreover, the appointment of contractors for the HT3 and CDC Projects by the Ministry of Federal Territories was contradicted from the DBKL‟s recommendation in respect of technical and finance evaluation resulted problems especially during implementation projects;
iii. lack of coordination between departments/ Secretariat of the project resulted duplication of work and wastage of public fund;
iv. weaknesses in the design and unsuitable construction materials, non-compliance of project/ work components towards the specifications and quality; v. no evidence on regular monitoring for HT1, MP & DM Projects by KBM Konsult Sdn. Bhd. The Non-Conformance Report (NCR) for noncompliance works, specifications and quality was only issued by DBKL; and
vi. social problems in the project area (especially HT3) such as influx of foreigners and homeless, illegal activities, vandalism and misuse of public facilities.