MP Calls for Probe on DBKL’s Million-Dollar eDrive App

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Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng lodged a complaint today on Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) allegedly spending millions on its eDrive app.

Calling the project a waste of tax payers’ money, Lim wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate how DBKL spent the huge amount on a traffic and parking information app while a nearby municipality bought a similar system for only RM27,000.

“It should be scrapped,” he said.

The eDrive app is linked to the Integrated Transportation Information System (Itis). Developed in 2002, it is still under test till September.

“MACC should investigate the RM2.9 million spent on eDrive which took a year to develop.

 “Another RM198 million was spent over six years maintaining and renting the cameras and CCTV system since 2002,” said Lim.

He disclosed that the contractor of the project was VADS Lyfe, formerly known as GTC Global Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad.

According to Lim, eDrive’s functions were limited to traffic information and parking guidance information system for 14 malls, including Suria KLCC, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Low Yat Plaza and Maju Junction.

The traffic function focuses on congested roads such as Jalan Mahameru, Jalan Syed Putra and the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway.

Taman Segambut DAP secretary Yew Jia Haur said that a similar system, which was set up in just six months for the Selayang Municipal Council, only cost RM27,000 with a one-year warranty.

The system, Aduan MPS, has been operating for the past two years and can be downloaded for free from Google Playstore and Applestore.