River of Life project doomed to fail from day one, says NGO

River of Life project doomed to fail from day one, says NGO

PETALING JAYA: The RM4.4 billion River of Life (RoL) project to rejuvenate the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers was doomed to fail from the beginning, an NGO said.

Save Kuala Lumpur (Save KL) chairman Mumtaz Ali said the project’s scope was too myopic, focusing on a small portion of the river system, which made it counterproductive to its main objectives.

“We had raised this issue from the beginning. The rivers start uphill in Gombak, flow through KL, and then to Klang. If you only address the KL portion of the system, how successful can you be in achieving the desired goals?

“If you want to undertake a serious project such as this, you need to address the river from upstream to downstream to ensure effectiveness and that the money is well spent,” he told FMT.

According to the 2024 auditor-general’s (A-G) report, the RoL project, which has faced more than eight years of delays, is unlikely to be completed this year.

The report said that as of July 2023, eight out of 159 RoL-related projects were still ongoing, with completion progress ranging from 21% to 97.3%.

The RoL comprises three components: river cleaning, river beautification and commercialisation and tourism, none of which has been fully achieved, according to the report.

The audit found that only 79.4% of river beautification works have been completed, and only 50 out of 296 sewage treatment plants rationalised or upgraded.

Mumtaz added that there was unequal prioritisation of the goals, with too much focus on the commercialisation of the river at the expense of its clean-up.

“The project focussed on making attractions on the riverbanks but did not address the core issue of flood elimination, which would benefit the rakyat.”

The Save KL chairman urged the federal and Selangor governments, and the Federal Territories department, to work together and reassess the project, highlighting persistent flooding further downstream in areas like Klang and Taman Sri Muda.

He called for those responsible to answer for wasting public funds, while demanding a serious review of the entire development “before spending another sen” on what he said was a “vanity project.”

Meanwhile, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said one of the project’s shortcomings was its short deadline, exacerbated by multiple delays.

He said improving the river’s water quality would inherently make the Kuala Lumpur city centre more attractive, fulfilling the tourism objective of the project.

  • https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/river-of-life-project-doomed-to-fail-from-day-one-says-ngo/ar-BB1pLEwr?ocid=00000000

Related

Umno-PAS leaders met to discuss election pact for GE16, says Fadhli

Umno-PAS leaders met to discuss election pact for GE16, says Fadhli

News
DAP, PKR don’t exist in Sarawak, quips Abang Johari

DAP, PKR don’t exist in Sarawak, quips Abang Johari

News
The five times Norris lost out with a bad start from pole

The five times Norris lost out with a bad start from pole

News
No plans to rationalise RON95 subsidies, focuses on diesel subsidies instead, says Anwar

No plans to rationalise RON95 subsidies, focuses on diesel subsidies instead, says Anwar

News
Bersatu can’t afford open contests with PAS on the rise, says analyst

Bersatu can’t afford open contests with PAS on the rise, says analyst

News
I'm a food safety expert - here is why you DON'T store bread in fridge

I'm a food safety expert - here is why you DON'T store bread in fridge

News
Britain's new RAF fighter jet armed with hypersonic weapons unveiled

Britain's new RAF fighter jet armed with hypersonic weapons unveiled

News
DAP to hit Nenggiri campaign trail, focusing on Orang Asli

DAP to hit Nenggiri campaign trail, focusing on Orang Asli

News