The Scandalous Waste known as The Knowledge Park Terengganu (Taman Ilmu) in Besut…

Knowledge Park – East Coast Economic Region
http://www.ecerdc.com.my/v2/wp-content/…/2-ECER-Knowledge-Park.compressed.pdf

The ECER Incentives Package – Knowledge Park. 13 … The East Coast Economic Region (ECER), covering the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang.

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The Knowledge Park was meant to be an education hub where six institutions of higher learning led by the flagship Universiti Darul Iman (UDM), as it was known then, would share facilities in areas divided according to “parcels”, following the naming convention previously adopted by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the federal administrative capital of Putrajaya.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/five-years-on-besut-education-hub-in-ruins

16 March 2017

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Idris: MOHE has nothing to do with Taman Ilmu

Anne Muhammad

Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said that his ministry has nothing to do with the Taman Ilmu education hub in Besut, Teregganu, explaining that it was a state government project.

“Taman Ilmu has nothing to do with the ministry’s budget. So what was said about it, is absolutely wrong and has no relation to it.

“The (Terengganu) Menteri Besar will hand it over to the ministry, but we haven’t received any official notification from the state government which owns the project…

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/375924?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Nearly RM1b down the drain as Besut education hub ravaged by vandals

By Zurairi AR

za.JPGThe cover of a leaked report detailing the damages in Taman Ilmu, Besut as sighted by Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — The education hub dubbed Taman Ilmu, or Malay for “Knowledge Park”, near Besut, Terengganu had been near completion in 2014, after years of neglect caused by dwindling funds and lack of political will.

But just two years later, the 280-hectare complex that ostensibly cost RM746.26 million has again fallen into ruin after it was ransacked by vandals, looters and scavengers.

A leaked report dated October 2016 and sighted by Malay Mail Online this week estimated that it will now take another RM230.6 million simply to restore the project in the seaside village of Tembila to just 60 per cent of its original target.

The report also revealed the extent of the damage that the project — initially an initiative by former Terengganu mentri besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh to transform rural Besut — has suffered.

zbPhotos in the leaked report showing damaged ceilings in the building.

Apart from the park’s RM60 million grand mosque that has been open to public since 2014, the rest of the project was stripped down in one way or another, from its library to even its district cooling system and sewage treatment plant.

In many of the photos purportedly showing the interiors of the buildings there, ceilings were seen collapsed, revealing bare steel bars. Cabinet doors were ajar, and many were broken into.

For more:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/nearly-rm1b-down-the-drain-as-besut-education-hub-ravaged-by-vandals?utm_content=buffer6323c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

1 Feb 2017

NST

T’ganu to revive abandoned RM400mil Knowledge Park

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(File pix) Efforts are underway to revive the abandoned RM400mil Knowledge Park in Besut, assured Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman. Pix by Mohammad Ishak

KUALA TERENGGANU: Efforts are underway to revive the abandoned RM400mil Knowledge Park in Besut, assured Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

Razif said that the state government is in talks with the Education Ministry to restore the facility and not let it become a white elephant.

“We are sorting out the details to have the project revived so that it will not go to waste.

“Hopefully, we can get it going again by October,” he said.

The Knowledge Park was originally slated for completion in 2008 but various factors soon halted the project.

Said to be halfway through, the park lies abandoned on a 280-hectare site in the seaside village of Tembila, about 15km away from Besut.

It is learnt that former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, who is now Education Minister II and Besut MP, is involved in efforts to revive the project, aimed at transforming Besut into an educational centre of excellence.

The project came to a halt after Idris’ successor and political rival Datuk Seri Ahmad Said took over administration of Terengganu as the Menteri Besar after the 2008 general election.

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/02/208828/tganu-revive-abandoned-rm400mil-knowledge-park

15 July 2013

Malay Mail Online

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zdA view of an uncompleted building in Knowledge Park in Kuala Besut. — Pictures by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA BESUT, July 15 — A RM400 million education initiative by former Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh to transform rural Besut is at a risk of becoming a “white elephant”, as grass grows over the 280-hectare Taman Ilmu (Knowledge Park) here.

Originally planned to be completed by 2008, construction has been slow and in some parts has ground to a standstill after Idris’ successor and political rival Datuk Seri Ahmad Said took over administration of Terengganu.

The Malay Mail Online recently visited the 280-hectare site in the seaside village of Tembila, roughly 15km from Besut district’s administrative capital Kampung Raja and found the place to be in various stages of neglect.

Out of the seven originally planned complexes, only two looked completed — with a mosque occupying the land in Parcel A and a library in Parcel B.

Silence hung heavy over the site, punctured only by birdcalls overhead.

Work on the park started in the middle of 2007, about three years after Idris succeeded in wresting back Terengganu from a short-lived PAS rule, and a year shy of the election that would see state Ruler, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, replace him with Ahmad.

The Knowledge Park was meant to be an education hub where six institutions of higher learning led by the flagship Universiti Darul Iman (UDM), as it was known then, would share facilities in areas divided according to “parcels”, following the naming convention previously adopted by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the federal administrative capital of Putrajaya.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/five-years-on-besut-education-hub-in-ruins

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