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Saturday, 6 May 2017

(The Star) Government to open four more UTCs this year

JOHOR BARU: The Government will open four more new Urban Transformation Centres (UTC) this year to provide various services to the people under one roof.

The National Strategic Unit director Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim said the first to be opened would be UTC Ampangan in Negri Sembilan in mid-May.

He said the opening of UTC Kampung Sena in Kangar, Perlis, has been scheduled for either July or August.

“We are now finalising details with the Selangor and Penang governments on the locations of the centres,” said Dr Aminuddin.

He said this in a press conference after hosting a visit by delegates from 29 countries organised by the United Nations Development Programme and World Bank to UTC Johor Baru @ Galleria Kotaraya.

The delegates were from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Britain, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Denmark, Ger­ma­ny, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Sweden, Tajikistan, United States and Uzbekistan.

Dr Aminuddin said on average, the Government would allocate between RM15mil and RM50mil to open the UTC at an existing building.

“It saves us a lot of money as at least RM300mil is needed to build a new building while we only have to do upgrading and renovation work at an existing building,” Dr Aminuddin said.

He said some 30 agencies were operating at each of the 18 UTCs nationwide, including non-governmental organisations and facilities for indoor sports and youth-related activities.

He said the main government agencies were the Immigration De­­part­ment, National Registration Department and Road Transport Department.

“Based on our records, more than 100,000 customers are using the services monthly,” said Dr Aminud­din.