Urban Transformation Centre

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The Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) (Malay: Pusat Transformasi Bandar) is a public amenities centre located at some state capitals and urban areas in Malaysia. The rural counterpart of UTC is Rural Transformation Centre (RTC).

Overview[edit]

UTC is one of the efforts and initiatives of the Malaysian government to provide urban communities a centralised location for core government agencies, public amenities and services of private sectors.[1] It is part of the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) which was introduced to improve the quality of services through strategic partnerships between government agencies and the private sector.[1]

UTC comprises ten clusters of facilities and services, namely: common governmental services; health services; security services; education, training and employment services; financial services; business and entrepreneurial development services; utility services; youth development services; welfare and community development services; and non-governmental organization (NGO) services.[1]

Government Agencies[edit]

Core government agencies available in all UTCs:

Public Amenities[edit]

Public amenities may vary from one UTC to the other depending on the location and size of the centre:-

  • Rock climbing
  • ATM machines
  • Information kiosk
  • Cafeteria

List of Existing UTCs[edit]

There are eight UTCs in Malaysia in the city of Alor Star, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan, Kuching, and Melaka, and two Mini UTC in Bandar Baru Sentul and Keramat.[2] The government aims to set up a UTC in each state.

UTC Johor[edit]

The UTC Johor is located at Galleria@Kotaraya, Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru, Johor. It opened to public on 3 July 2014.[3]

Government Agencies[edit]

Specific federal and state government agencies that are available at UTC Johor:[4]-

  • Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB)
  • Johor Education Foundation (YPJ)
  • Johor Religious Council (MAIJ)
  • Johor Religious Department (JAIJ)

UTC Kedah[edit]

The UTC Kedah is located at Kompleks UTC Kedah, Alor Star, Kedah. It was officiated by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 16 August 2013.[5]

The building, formerly known as Kompleks Majlis Bandaraya Alor Setar (MBAS), was renovated at the cost of RM 50 million. The centre covers the area of 23,226 sq metres, making it the biggest UTC in the country.[6]

UTC Kuala Lumpur[edit]

The UTC Kuala Lumpur is located at Pudu Sentral, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 50550 Kuala Lumpur. It is the second UTC after Melaka, and was officiated by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 22 September 2012.[7]

Government Agencies[edit]

Specific federal and state government agencies that are available at UTC Kuala Lumpur:-

  • Pusat Pungutan Zakat MAIWP (PPZ)

UTC Melaka[edit]

The UTC Melaka is located at Jalan Hang Tuah, 75300 Melaka. It is the first UTC in Malaysia, and was officiated by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 23 June 2012.[8]

Government Agencies[edit]

Specific federal and state government agencies that are available at UTC Melaka:-

UTC Perak[edit]

The UTC Perak is located at Pasar Besar Ipoh, Ipoh, Perak. It is the third UTC after Melaka and Kuala Lumpur, and was officiated by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 15 February 2013.[9]

UTC Pahang[edit]

The UTC Pahang is located at Bangunan UTC Pahang, Jalan Stadium, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang. It was officiated by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 11 April 2013.[10]

The building was formerly a bus and taxi terminal known as Terminal Makmur. It was renovated at the cost of RM 25 million. The bus and taxi terminal was moved to Terminal Kuantan Sentral.[11]

Government Agencies[edit]

Specific federal and state government agencies that are available at UTC Pahang:[12]-

  • Bahagian Perumahan Pejabat SUK Pahang
  • Jabatan Agama Islam Pahang (JAIP)
  • Jabatan Kehakiman Syariah Pahang
  • Kolej Islam Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (KIPSAS)
  • Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan (MPK)
  • Majlis Ugama Islam dan Adat Resam Melayu Pahang (MUIP)
  • Pahang Skill Development Centre (PSDC)
  • Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad (PAIP)
  • Perbadanan Kemajuan Bukit Fraser (PKBF)
  • Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Pahang (PKNP)
  • Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Pahang
  • Pusat Kutipan Zakat Pahang
  • Yayasan Pahang

Non-Governmental Organisations[edit]

Specific NGOs that are available at UTC Pahang:-

  • Majlis Pendekar Negeri Pahang
  • Persatuan Radio Amatur Negeri Pahang (PERAMAH)

UTC Sabah[edit]

UTC Sabah is located at UTC Kota Kinabalu, Lorong Belia, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The sixth UTC was soft launched by the Second Finance Minister, Dato' Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah on 23 January 2014,[13] and was officially launched by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 15 November 2014.[14]

UTC Sarawak[edit]

UTC Sarawak is located at Aras 2, UTC Sarawak, Jalan Bukit Mata, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak. It was opened to public on 1 October 2014[15] and was officiated by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 26 February 2015.[16]

The establishment of UTC Sarawak was announced by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah on 18 July 2013.[17]

Mini UTC[edit]

Mini UTC Sentul[edit]

Mini UTC Sentul in February 2013

The Mini UTC Sentul is located at Kompleks Perniagaan dan Komuniti, Bandar Baru Sentul, Kuala Lumpur. It is the first mini UTC built in the country, with the cost of RM 7.7 million. The centre was officiated by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on 16 March 2013.[18]

Mini UTC Keramat[edit]

The establishment of Mini UTC Keramat at the Keramat Mall was announced by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on 8 June 2013, in order to generate more traffic to the mall.[19] It was further confirmed by Titiwangsa Member of Parliament Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani on 1 June 2014 that the centre is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.[20]

List of Proposed / In Progress UTCs[edit]

Seven UTCs are to be developed in 2015 in Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu; three of these centres are mini UTC in Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak[2] costing approximately RM 200 million.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "INFO RINGKAS Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) atau Pusat Transformasi Bandar" (PDF). www.utc.my. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Nelson Benjamin. "New centres to cost RM200mil". The Star. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "UTC Johor di Galleria@Kotaraya mula beroperasi". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.nst.com.my/node/6131
  5. ^ http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/08/17/pm-launches-kedah-urban-transformation-centre/
  6. ^ http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/08/17/Alor-Setar-plays-host-to-countrys-biggest-UTC/
  7. ^ http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-launches-utc-at-pudu-sentral
  8. ^ http://www2.bharian.com.my/articles/UTCmercutandaperkhidmatankerajaan_Najib/Article/
  9. ^ http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/02/16/najib-lancarkan-utc-perak/
  10. ^ http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20130411/dn_17/PM-rasmi-UTC-Pahang
  11. ^ http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Pahang/20130130/wp_03/RM25-juta-bina-UTC-Terminal-Makmur
  12. ^ http://hairulazni.my/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/20130823-212105.jpg
  13. ^ Chok Sim Yee. "One-stop Transformation Centre opens in KK". BorneoPost Online. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Julia Chan. "PM: Other countries admire our unique UTC one-stop-service centres". Malay Mail Online. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "UTC Kuching mula beroperasi". Pejabat Imigresen Malaysia. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/02/25/orang-ramai-dipelawa-meriahkan-perasmian-utc/
  17. ^ Harun Jau (2013-07-18). "Kuching to have UTC soon". New Sarawak Tribune (Sarawak). Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  18. ^ http://www.dbkl.gov.my/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=300&catid=8&Itemid=161&lang=en
  19. ^ http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2013/06/12/Mini-UTC-for-Keramat-Mall-Minister-hopes-it-will-bring-crowd-to-new-establishment/
  20. ^ http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Kota/20140602/wk_03/UTC-di-Keramat-Mall-beroperasi-akhir-tahun-ini---Johari

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