Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan mayor of KL has a vision: Public information like building floor plans, application for business licenses, the filing of reports of accidents, bus schedules, or data on the city’s history – all at the push of a button or swipe of a barcode.
By using high-tech gadgets, all public housing officers would be able to scan a barcode installed at the building’s entrance and information such as the number of tenants, age and the duration of their tenancy will all be instantly available.
Tourists would no longer need tourist guides, as all buildings in Kuala Lumpur will have barcodes installed at the entrance whereby by just displaying a cell phones, information on the history of the building would be provided.
Mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan is already working towards this goal and is confident that it can quickly achieved – perhaps even before 2015. “We have to move with the times and embracing ICT is inevitable. You cannot run away from it. It’s one of the facets of being a world-class city,” he said,”We have to set an example. By going wireless, we will be able to serve the city and its citizens more effectively and efficiently by keeping them connected to each other,” he said, adding that there would come a day when DBKL would be paperless.
Hakim has always been an IT advocate. During his term as Klang Municipal Council president, Hakim introduced a computerized parking system in 1995. Klang was the first town in the country to introduce the system which was a resounding success. During his tenure as Subang Jaya Municipal Council president, MPSJ was known as one of the best run municipalies in Selangor, largely thanks to their e-committees and e-local government programmes.
Since being appointed as Kuala Lumpur mayor on December 14, 2006, DBKL had launched six state-of-the-art e-services – the latest being the Billboard Management System. BMS uses Radio Frequency Identification technology that enables the DBKL enforcement officers to track, trace, manage and locate billboards faster and easier.
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“The technology is there and it’s just a question of implementing it,” said Hakim. “We are seriously looking into plans to improve our public transport system, ensuring adequate parking facilities as well as have user friendly pedestrian walkways, which will be implemented by next year.” High on the mayor’s agenda is the issue on environment. He places emphasis on the preservation of green areas and recycling. “One of my biggest challenges is trying to balance the need of city folks with that of the investors”.
One of Hakim’s most controversial recent ideas was suggesting the need to impose a congestion levy for the city in a move to reduce traffic congestion. Hakim stresses that it is only an idea, he also stresses that the time will come for the implementation of the congestion levy at some time in the future.