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The Star, Malaysia covers why open data is needed for government accountability

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WHEN Khairil Yusof found exposed electrical wiring at a lamp post in a playground in Subang Jaya, he realised how little information was actually available about the extent of the problem.

It worried him, especially since it is not a problem to be taken lightly – in 2011, ten-year-old Mohd Naqiuddin Marzuki was electrocuted when he accidentally touched an exposed high-voltage wire on a lamp post in a playground at Taman Baru Tiga in neighbouring Shah Alam.

Khairil, who works as a coordinator at a civil society organisation, felt that not enough had been done to prevent similar tragedies. So he drove around his neighbourhood to look for other lamp posts with exposed wiring.

He found more than 40. Armed with photos and GPS coordinates of each one, he submitted the data to his elected representative and council. Realising the extent of the problem, the council finally swung into action to fix the lamp posts.

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Source: The Star, Malaysia

Story Type: News

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