Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kuala Lipis Facing Changes

Kuala Lipis is no exception, it has to change to thrive and survive. But, what are the price he has to pay for this?. Who are winners and the losers?. How the decision was made? and how was it implemented?.

Probably it is worth to view some of the bigger projects in the capital city kuala lumpur and see whether it can relate to Kuala Lipis.

One of the major investment for Kuala Lumpur was its Transport System. Transportation forms the necessary component of production, consuming about 10% of the resources. Even for a job that supplies services rather that physical goods will incur a certain amount of transport charges, job like teachers or lecturers will have the transport elements included, at least the cost of transporting the teachers to the school or colleges.

About 10 years ago kuala lumpur embarked on the LRT and Monorail Projects. Let is examine these project based on our logic and without the research and data. Let us ask some basic questions:

1. Is the project required? . Is there a better alternatives?

2. If required, what are the different ways it can be implemented?

3. What are cost and benefits, the winners and losers?

4. How was the decision made?

(4) These are the characteristic of Malaysian Decision Makings
a.Its tendency to incline towards dictatorism, if there is such a word. I believe that there are basic reasons for this, the desire to impose ones belief or views and for the other parties, the game on wanting to please the boss.

b. Absence of sense of Accountability and Responsibility.
c. Lack of focus on value and cost and time. Normally, a project of high value and high cost is expected to take longer to decide and plan. Priority of project selection are based to specified agenda which is related to the future value for the people of the nation. It is sad to see some people who were suppose to lead with responsibility wanted to build a building so that other people will write in their newspaper that Malaysia has the tallest building. Very soon, other will build a taller buildings.

This methodology had created blunders that cost Malaysia billions of Ringgit and affect our economic and cultural positions for generations to come.

The New Bus Station

In 2008, the bus station was changed to a new location across the river together with the daily market. This had brought outcries from the local visitors as well as the residents.

It make so much sense before. The railway station is there, people can get down from the train, and walk to the market or the bus station to continue their journey. Everything is within the easy reach. Now, the bus station is about 2 km away, so for the majority of the people, it will be long walk in the blazing hot sun.

The Changing Landscape
The visitors in 1970s will remember, Kuala Lipis as a small town with only two streets, The Main Street and Jelai Street with another walking path perpendicular  right at the center. Now the town had doubled it size, a tall bridge was built across the river, River Jelai, enabling route for travelers to Kelantan. Previously, they have to pass through Padang Tengku.

A groups of shops house were built on what used to be a field across the railway lines. Now, across the river, a new township is being built. The daily market and the bus station were moved to the new area, causing the original Kuala Lipis to loss customers and business.

The only cinema is now longer in demand, thanks to the new DVDs home entertainment system, the TV and Satellite system.

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