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Bahagian Pembangunan Pejabat Projek Zon Timur Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Semenanjung Malaysia telah berpindah dari pejabat lama  di Tingkat 2 Bangunan Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Kuala Terengganu ke bangunan baru di Tingkat 4 WISMA PERKESO Jalan Air Jernih Kuala Terengganu secara rasmiya pada 1 April 2011. Sempena perpindahan ke pejabat baru, pejabat projek telah mengadakan majlis penyerahan kunci kepada Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Kuala Terengganu pada 27 Mac 2011.

Bahagian Pejabat Projek Zon Timur telah beroperasi 10 tahun di Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Kuala Terengganu sebelum berpindah ke Bangunan Wisma PERKESO di Jalan Air Jernih Kuala Terengganu. Dalam majlis penyerahan kunci, Pejabat Projek Zon Timur mengucapkan ribuan terima kepada Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Kuala Terengganu yang telah memberi kemudahan dan kerjasama sepanjang beroperasi di Bangunan Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Kuala Terengganu.

Antara Gambar Suasana Pejabat Baru (Kemudahan Baby Sitting, Parking, Bilik Perbincangan, Bilik Mesyuarat Utama dan Pantry).

Kepada semua pelanggan atau pelawat yang ingin berurusan dengan Bahagian Pembangunan Pejabat Projek Zon Timur Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Semenanjung Malaysia, boleh menghubungi kami di alamat..Bahagian PembangunanPejabat Projek Zon Timur Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Semenanjung Malaysia Tingkat 4 Wisma PERKESO Jalan Air Jernih, Peti Surat 155 20538 Kuala Terengganu, Tel : 09-6267388/389 Faks : 09-6267391

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Thoughts from a first-time ride

Although having taken numerous rides on the KTM komuter, it was deja vu to take the LRT for the first time in Kuala Lumpur. The Rapid KL trip was from Ampang Park to Pasar Seni station. The stations visited were clean but I cannot comment for the rest not visited. As in UK, the route map is easy to understand but confusing for a first time-timer who relates map scale as that learnt at school. A TouchNGo card is highly recommended during peak hours and for those who dislike to queue. Timing was good and inside the carriage is more or less the same as in other LRT around the world. The ride bouncy and air-conditioned as the Tube in London. I recalled the Tube that traveled throughout the more expensive part of the city have plushier seats while those travelling along the poorer side of the city have more durable seats but I have yet to make a comparison here. Well, at least this LRT whooshs by and screeches to a stop with the same sound like the Tube and gave fond memories. Here, I said is a mode of transport to use when time is more precious than money, a very attractive option during off-peak hours and I believe will get more popular when traffic jams become too time-consuming and when car transport cost becomes comparative marginal to a total origin-destination trip on an LRT.

Urban-rural migration fears of the 80s is further accelerated as more money is pumped to urban infrastructure such as LRT making the bright urban lights even more brighter against the rudimentary community facilities of rural living. But when many people decide to reside in high density areas called “cities”, the most logical way to transport people around without further jamming the roads is to put them in carriages be it bus, commuter trains or LRTs so in that sense the LRT is here to stay. But LRT cannot lessen traffic jams without strict enforcement from the relevant authorities. The problem as I see it is that everybody wants to be Mr. Popular so until someone really wants to walk the talk, can there be substantial improvement. In the meantime, I think rural areas need to change their traditional outlook and establish themselves as eco-tourism destinations rather than somewhere to balik-kampung. They should tap their potentials, complimenting rather than competing with urban areas because tourism sells in develop nations. Property within a half-an hour radius from any LRT station will obviously shoot up so it would be interesting to see which local plan and action area plans are sharp and quick enough to provide interlocking pedestrain networks within that vicinity. Because of the question of added issue of cost over security, I doubt park and rides places will be popular and would like to see whether local plans are have the foresight to allocate areas potential for future public car parking areas near potential LRT stations. Many issues are still popping out of my mind but for the time being this is it.

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Can we come up with a good yet cost-effective iPlan?

What actually is an iPlan? As seen at any information counter, the “i” stands for information but the acronym here stands for an integrated landuse information plan JPBD hopes to develop in the near future. Discuss this subject with IT developers especially those familiar about the integration of landuse information over an area-wide network that stretches across 11 state town planning departments which also plans to synergize landuse information from all local planning authorities throughout Peninsular Malaysia in a short span of time and they will laugh at you, if they are honest, they may say you are ignorant of the mammoth scale and complexity of the project which not only touches on technical issues, more so, policy issues that may obstruct its success. Such a project usually may stretch over a period of 10 years as it involves many parties of different tiers and different government administrations. It also helps to break down cost and help assess incremental solutions over time. Yes, the iPlan is easier said than done so its time to be realistic. Previously it can be said the government was fairly generous about infrastructure development but now and for years to come, it is expected government spending on such will be more and more limited eventhough it is acknowledged as important to any developing nation. So how does one come about with a good yet cost-effective iPlan?

Firstly, the strategy to still get the goods yet with less cost will definitely have to be Open Source which MAMPU supports so one cannot go wrong here and it is almost certain this will be the way forward. For those not in the know, it can reduce the cost of an IT system project by about 40%. Hardware and consultancy services will be the same but substantial savings is made by not procuring licence server operating systems and supporting softwares in favour of  Open Source which in the long run is also not affected by annual fee. Any potential saving could be then channeled to pay for better bandwidth which is critical for effective information sharing in this internet age, something, that too is not cheap either!

Secondly, it is not wise to be too ambitious and come out with a nationwide project because if a technical issue unexpected occurred and replicated itself over 11 state planning departments and numerous local planning authorities, it would be very expensive and tedious to rectify. It is better to develop the project incrementally, say, by developing a vertical link from a GIS database of a local planning authority to a state planning department next replicate the GIS database of that state planning department to the Headquarters landuse information database centre. Only when that lateral link is successfully proven, is it wise to extend similar link to other states or local planning authorities since it will not be surprising that different regions face different regional issues.

Thirdly, the way to go about this is to develop an Open Source GIS database at Headquarters. Make sure the database structure is workable and immediately useable also meaning existing “flat” GIS file will be transferred from the current JPBD GIS godown into the GIS matrix database. That de facto GIS database structure can then be replicated at a local planning authority and a state town planning department. Cost will occur in form of hardware and installation-cum-configuration services but not for purchase of any proprietary software. When the new local planning authority and state GIS database have been set up, nominal cost will be required to transfer landuse data from the existing server, if any, to this new database server. The current server should not be wasted but reformatted and made to function as an active mirror server because the more mission critical the IT task becomes, the more crucial to have a backup server. It is recommended the GIS database use the PostgreSQL-PostGIS package which is an Open Source enterprise equivalent to high end proprietary Oracle Dbase-Oracle Spatial package which covers non-spatial and spatial database. PostgreSQL-PostGIS is also the reference softtware recognised by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), a voluntary international body that promotes uniformity of Open Source for data-sharing purposes. It is also recommended that this package be further developed with GeoServer, a web mapper (if project funding allows) to enable those who want to retrieve GIS data from the PostgreSQL-PostGIS package with merely a web browser as GeoServer too is a reference for OGC.

Forthly, if looked in totality, effort must be made to ensure GIS servers integrate with client GIS computers. Proprietary interoperatable GIS should integrate with the PostgreSQL-PostGIS package but upgraded, if not. Since the object here is to reduce cost,  client computers should use Open Source Quantum GIS as it has features already compatible with PostgreSQL-PostGIS.

Fifhly, while all this is going on, the adoption to JPBD GIS Manual in the preparation of any GIS data should be conformed by all parties as this sets the standard to uniform GIS data and make it conveniently to share. There should be no squabbles over this but understood this is for the betterment of all thus everyone should take the necessary adjustment to follow the JPBD GIS Manual without having to push them.

It is hoped that eventually, this iPlan project makes it easier to establish the National Landuse Information System allowing new applications to be developed later to analyse landuse information taken from the central repository. These are my personal opinion, understandably, the topic is technical but I would appreciate support and welcome. I just needed an avenue to voice this and what is a blog for.

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Rancangan Kawasan Khas (RKK) Tasik Kenyir adalah satu rancangan pemajuan yang disediakan dalam masa yang singkat untuk tujuan pelaksanaan. Hasil utama RKK ialah satu pelan tindakan pembangunan yang disediakan sama ada dalam bentuk pelan susunatur atau pelan pengurusan yang disokong oleh spesifikasi pembangunan terperinci dan jadual tindakan pembangunan.

Kawasan kajian terletak di Mukim Hulu Telemung dan Mukim Hulu Terengganu, Daerah Hulu Terengganu, merangkumi kawasan di antara perkampungan tradisi iaitu Kg. Padang Setebu dan Kg. Basong sehingga ke Pengkalan Gawi, dengan keluasan 902 hektar. Kawasan kajian yang berjajar dengan koridor Jalan Negeri T156 dari Jeneris ke Pengkalan Gawi disempadani oleh Sg. Telemung di sebelah Utara, Pulau Poh Tasik Kenyir di sebelah Selatan dan kawasan hutan di sebelah Utara. Komposisi guna tanah semasa di kawasan kajian terdiri daripada kawasan hutan, pertanian, kampung-kampung tradisi, pengkalan bot, infrastruktur sekitar tasik serta jalan-jalan perhubungan.

Tasik Kenyir merupakan tasik buatan terbesar di Asia Tenggara berpotensi untuk menjana pembangunan selaras dengan aspirasi Kerajaan Negeri dalam membantu membangunkan Tasik Kenyir sebagai sebuah Pusat Destinasi Pelancongan Terunggul di rantau Asia. Matlamat utama perancangan adalah untuk membangunkan Pusat Pertumbuhan Gawi sebagai pusat pelancongan dan pusat perkhidmatan di pintu masuk utama Taman Negara Tasik Kenyir.

Empat strategi pembangunan utama yang dikenalpasti dalam pembangunan RKK Tasik Kenyir iaitu pelancongan sebagai teras utama aktiviti ekonomi, meningkatkan pertambahan penduduk dan kepelbagaian aktiviti ekonomi, pembangunan terancang kawasan perniagaan dan petempatan, meningkatkan pembangunan kemudahan infrastruktur dan utiliti. Konsep pembangunan berlandaskan tiga zon utama iaitu Zon Pusat Pelancongan Pengkalan Gawi, Zon pusat desa Kg. Basong  dan Zon pusat perkhidmatan Kenyir One. Terdapat 45 senarai projek pembangunan utama yang telah dikenalpasti untuk membangunkan RKK Tasik Kenyir oleh pelbagai agensi pelaksana dan pihak yang berkepentingan.

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Jajahan Pasir Puteh wujud sejak tahun 1905 dan mempunyai keluasan 433.8 kilometer persegi (167.2 batu persegi). Jajahan ini merupakan jajahan yang kelima luasnya berbanding dengan jajahan-jajahan lain di dalam negeri Kelantan. Jajahan Pasir Puteh terkenal dengan sejarah perjuangan Tok Janggut menentang pihak Inggeris yang cuba mengembangkan pengaruhnya di daerah Jeram. Bagi memperingati perjuangan beliau, pihak Majlis Daerah Pasir Puteh telah membina satu tugu peringatan yang dinamakan ‘Tugu Tok Janggut’ pada tahun 2005 yang terletak di tepi sungai Semerak, Bandar Pasir Puteh. Pasir Puteh juga sinonim dengan pantai yang bersih yang terletak bertentangan dengan Laut China Selatan, iaitu Pantai Bisikan Bayu, Semerak dan Pantai Tok Bali, Tok Bali.


Jajahan Tanah Merah terdapat JAMBATAN GUILLMARD juga dikenali sebagai JAMBATAN KUSIAL kerana ianya melintasi Sungai KUSIAL, TANAH MERAH.  Mulai dibina pada tahun 1920 oleh METRO CARRIAGE WAGON & FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED, WEDNESBURY WORKS, ENGLAND dan siap pada tahun 1924. Nama “Guillemard” adalah mengambil sempena nama Gabenor British (Gabenor Negeri-Negeri Selat dan Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Negeri-Negeri Melayu) pada masa itu, iaitu ‘Sir Laurence Guillemard’. Jambatan ini telah rosak semasa Perang Dunia Ke-Dua ( 1941-1945) dan dibaiki semula pada tahun 1948.  Setelah siap pembaikian, jambatan ini telah dirasmikan oleh KDYMM Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mohamad, Sultan Kelantan pada 7 September 1948.  Panjang jambatan ini ialah 609.6 meter dan jambatan keretapi terpanjang di Malaysia.  Digunakan oleh Keretapi Tanah Melayu dan semua kenderaan.  Pada 1 Februari 1988 jambatan ini ditutup untuk kenderaan bermotor dan hanya digunakan untuk Keretapi Tanah Melayu sahaja.


Jajahan Machang terdapat sumber batuan hijau ‘ignimbrite’ yang telah ditemui di kawasan Temangan. Kajian yang dijalankan oleh sepasukan penyelidik dari Universiti Malaya dan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia serta penyelidik luar negara mendapati batuan hijau ini tidak ditemui di tempat lain di Malaysia dan hanya terdapat di kawasan Temangan di mana ianya perlulah dipelihara dari gangguan sebarang pembangunan. Penemuan batuan hijau ‘ignimbrite’ di Temangan merupakan khazanah alam semulajadi yang bernilai. Justeru, kajian Rancangan Tempatan Jajahan Machang mencadangkan tiada pembangunan dibenarkan di kawasan pelantar batuan hijau ‘ignimbrite’ bagi memelihara sumber batuan ini


Jajahan Kuala Krai terdapat Taman Negeri Gunong Stong, disenaraikan di kedudukan ke lima di antara destinasi paling unik dalam eko lancong di Malaysia.  Dengan keluasan 21,950 hektar, kawasan yang menakjubkan ini diperkayakan dengan sejumlah puncak gunong, gua batu kapur, litupan hutan simpan dan jaringan sungai yang disulami jeram dan air terjun.  Malah taman negeri ini menjadi penginapan kepada kehidupan liar dan eksotik, juga taman kepada flora dan fauna, tumbuhan herba, pelbagai spesis buloh dan palma. Selain itu di Jajahan Kuala Krai juga terdapat Air Terjun Jelawang yang  dianggap tertinggi di Asia Tenggara dengan ketinggian 303 meter dan mempunyai tujuh tingkat air terjun, menerjah turun dari puncak Gunung Stong yang tingginya mencecah 1433 meter. Keunikan dan kelebihan aset semulajadi ini  menjadi tumpuan utama  Kajian Rancangan Tempatan Jajahan Kuala Krai, terutama dalam mempromosikan sektor pelancongan ke peringkat tempatan dan antarabangsa.


Jajahan Jeli, menurut sejarah orang tua, Gunung Reng yang terdapat di daerah ini menjadi lambang sejarah paling bermakna. Dimana, kononnya diceritakan Puteri Saadong telah menggulingkan sebuah batu besar dari atas Gunung Ayam yang berdekatan dengan Gunung Stong lalu menghempap sebuah kampung yang penduduknya pada masa itu sedang leka menyaksikan temasya perlagaan antara anjing dan kucing. Ditakdirkan hanya seorang sahaja yang terselamat dari malapetaka itu. Dari kajian yang dibuat, di dapati bukti-bukti menunjukkan Gunung Reng ini pernah didiami oleh manusia zaman lampau. Gunung Reng ini merupakan sejenis gua batu kapur yang amat menarik dan kini menjadi destinasi pelancongan di negara ini.

Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Semenanjung Malaysia Bahagian Rancangan Pembangunan Pejabat Projek Zon Timur tahun 2011 sedang menyediakan enam (6) Rancangan Tempatan iaitu Rancangan Tempatan Jajahan Pasir Puteh, Rancangan Tempatan Jajahan Kuala Krai, Rancangan Tempatan Jajahan Jeli, Rancangan Tempatan Jajahan Machang, Rancangan Tempatan Jajahan Tanah Merah dan Rancangan Tempatan Daerah Lipis. Maklumat lanjut mengenai Rancangan Tempatan tersebut sila hubungi Pejabat Projek Zon Timur di Tingkat 4 Wisma PERKESO Jalan Air Jernih, Peti Surat 155 20538 Kuala Terengganu, Telefon: 09-6267388 dan Faks: 09-6267391.

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