Oct 4, 2015

Projects For Greater KL

I was born and raised in the Klang Valley and until now I'm still living in Kuala Lumpur. Even my schools and colleges are all located in Klang Valley.  So, basically I'm so called "anak jati" Kuala Lumpur despite having Nik in my name. In Malaysia, most of Nik came from Kelantan or east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

Being a KLite for almost twenty years made me passionate about the development of my hometown. Kuala Lumpur is one of the most well-known cities in Asia and to some extent globally.

Kuala Lumpur or Klang Valley? 
To ignorant Malaysian and curious non-Malaysian, Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia. However, Kuala Lumpur is actually a land-locked area in the middle of the state of Selangor. Population growth in Kuala Lumpur has led to the development of suburb areas like Cheras, Subang Jaya, Puchong, Kajang, Ampang, etc..

Basically, Klang Valley consists of Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding suburb areas where most of them are residential areas and Kuala Lumpur City Centre acts as the main commercial area. Putrajaya, administrative capital of Malaysia is also part of Klang Valley. Sepang, where KLIA and Sepang International Circuit (SIC) are located is also included in the metropolitan region.


Klang Valley or also know as Greater KL (new name given by the federal gov) consists of seven million population which is quite big in number even though it is nothing compare to other major metropolitan regions in Asia such as Tokyo, Seoul, or even Jakarta.

In order to put Greater KL as one of the most livable metropolitan region in the world, the government has included Greater KL as one of the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) under Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). ETP, for those who do not know is actually a catalyst to make Malaysia as a high-income developed nation.

NKEAs. Source: etp.pemandu.gov.my

In order to transform Malaysian economy, the government initiated nine Entry Point Projects (EPPs) under Greater KL/Klang Valley NKEA. Here comes my main objective for this entry which is Projects for Greater KL.

Actually, I posted this entry long time ago. However as the government is transforming Malaysian economy, I have to transform my blog too so that I share and spread reliable information to the curious community out there. Right? Haha
Okay... So, here we are.
Projects for Greater KL


1) Attracting 100 Of the World's Most Dynamic Firms
click image to know more about
InvestKL

2) Attracting Internal and External Talent
click image to know more about
TalentCorp

3) Connecting KL to Singapore Via a High Speed Rail System
click image to enlarge

4) Building an Integrated Urban Mass Rapid Transit System

5) Revitilising Klang and Gombak Rivers into a Heritage and Commercial Centre
River of Life (RoL) project 


6) Greening Greater KL to Ensure Residents Enjoy Sufficient Green Space
A lot of trees and public parks can be found around
Kuala Lumpur. Image source:  layoverguide.com

7) Creating Iconic Places and Attractions
Jamek Mosque and some other tourist attractions are
being upgraded to make them tourist-friendly.
Source: wikipedia.org

8) Creating a Comprehensive Pedestrian Network
Source: skyscrappercity.com
Source: skyscrappercity.com
Source: skyscrappercity.com

9)  Developing an Efficient Solid Waste Management System
Citizens are compulsory to separate solid waste for garbage collection
 from 2016 onwards or else face fine up to RM 1000.
Image source: optical-transmission.com


Indeed, all of the projects seem convincing in the effort of transforming Malaysia into a high-income developed nation. However, all parties must be efficient and transparent enough in order to optimize the benefits to all citizens.

As long as there are no cronyism or corruption involved along the process, I am pretty sure Kuala Lumpur or Klang Valley is going to be one of the most livable cities in the world. After all, we want to see the end results. If nothing is achieved in the next five years that means our government has failed in the Economic Transformation Programme and we know what to do next. ;)

Till then.



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