PSA: These 7 UTCs Will Remain Open Till 10pm Starting 22 January

Operating hours for the other 15 UTCs have also been revised.

Cover image via Malay Mail via Bernama

On Saturday, 12 January, the Finance Ministry announced that following public feedback it is revising the operating hours for a total of seven Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) nationwide

The select seven UTCs will revert to 1pm to 10pm from 22 January, as compared to the current operating hours of 8am to 7pm, which came into effect since 1 January 2019.

Back in December 2018, operating hours for all UTCs was changed to 8am to 7pm after it was revealed that only 11% of customers use the centres after 7pm.

However, less than two weeks since the new operating hours came into effect, the Finance Ministry said it is implementing the new operational hours at select seven UTCs starting 22 January "as a measure to save public expenditure", reported Bernama.

All seven UTCs are located within shopping malls:

1. UTC Shah Alam,
2. UTC Keramat,
3. UTC Seremban,
4. UTC Alor Setar,
5. UTC Johor Baru,
6. UTC Kota Baru, and
7. UTC Kuala Terengganu.

Of these seven UTCs, three UTCs, namely Shah Alam, Keramat and Seremban will operate from 1pm to 10pm (Monday-Thursday) and 2.45pm to 8pm on Fridays.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the three UTCs will operate from 8am to 5pm.

The other four UTCs - Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu - will operate from 1pm to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday).

And on Fridays and Saturdays, these four will operate from 8am to 5pm.

Meanwhile, the operating hours for the other 15 UTCs nationwide have also been revised. They will now function from 8am until 5pm.

The UTCs will operate every day except on Federal and state public holidays.

Image via Mkini

In a statement yesterday, the Finance Ministry said that the operational hours of the UTCs will be reviewed from time to time to ensure that people's requests are attended to, while government spending is made efficiently without wasting time and energy

"The ministry has reviewed the suitability of the UTCs concerned to implement the new operating hours and found that the operations of seven UTCs located within shopping malls could be extended."
The Finance Ministry.

Back in December, Najib had criticised the previous move:

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