16/05/2024 12:05 AM

SUNGAI BULOH, May 15 (Bernama) -- The installation of new low-voltage feeder pillars to supply electricity to street lights along a 4-kilometre stretch of Jalan Kepong-Kuala Selangor (FT54) is set to commence in June and is expected to be completed within 16 weeks.

Minister of Works, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, stated that RM500,000 has been allocated for the feeder pillars, which will be installed in well-lit, public areas to prevent acts of vandalism, such as cable theft and damage. 

"I have been informed that there have been four incidents of vandalism and theft in the past two years, with the latest last year.

"We will install and reinforce additional locked metal boxes because, despite the fences, it was easy for the vandals to cut through and gain access," he explained during a media briefing after inspecting the site today.

Nanta elaborated that the police will also increase surveillance in the area, in addition to considering the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras if deemed necessary. 

He hoped that the community would also play its part by reporting any suspicious activities to the authorities to safeguard public property for the collective benefit and well-being of everyone. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Works disclosed in a statement that the issue of malfunctioning streetlights along Jalan Kepong-Kuala Selangor has been ongoing since August 2023, due to cable and feeder pillar components theft, prompting a police report by the Petaling Public Works Department. 

The statement said an allocation of RM500,000 was approved in February, involving RM150,000 to clear overgrowth and a proposal for new feeder pillar installation with anti-vandalism features such as barrel locks, locked cages, and lights.

Whereas RM300,000 was earmarked to repair underground cables and faulty existing SON streetlight components from KM31 to KM48, while RM50,000 was allocated to repair the traffic light system near the Sungai Buloh Keretapi Tanah Melayu station, which was also affected.

"The Ministry of Works has spent RM100,000 for feeder pillar and cable maintenance work at this location in 2023. The Public Works Department completed it on May 8, 2023. Unfortunately, irresponsible parties committed acts of vandalism three months after the maintenance work," the statement read.






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